Amarillo law enforcement officials crack down on New Year's Eve drunk driving

Amarillo, TX - Fatal accidents caused by impaired driving are on the rise in Amarillo, so the state is taking action.

The Texas Department of Transportation gave both the Amarillo Police Department and the Department of Public Safety grant money to increase the amount of officers on patrol through the holiday season to concentrate on impaired driving.

Extra police will be patrolling areas with lots of bar traffic Tuesday night till early Wednesday morning. Last New Year's Eve, police made five DWI arrests. Police said drinking and driving throughout the year is becoming a growing problem in our area.

"We've already had 28 fatal accidents this year where 30 people have been killed," said APD Sergeant Steve Davis. "Of those 28 accidents, 14 of them have involved drunk drivers or impaired drivers, and that's 50 percent. We take that very seriously."

This New Year's Eve, Triple AAA Texas is trying to prevent drunk driving in our area by once again offering their "Tipsy Tow" program. The company will provide a free tow and ride home if the trip is less than ten miles from the point of pick-up. The free service will be offered from sunset Tuesday night until sunrise Wednesday morning.

You can reach the "Tipsy Tow" service at 1-800-AAA-HELP.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10