Drink and Drive: Police Say You Will Be Caught

Sgt. Brent Barbee, APD
Sgt. Brent Barbee, APD

Tonight is one of the deadliest nights out on the roads. Local law enforcement says they will be out in full force this evening doing all they can to keep you safe.

Consumer confidence is at an all time low, millions of dollars have been lost in the stock market and the political scene is a tense one to say the least. There's no doubt many are more than ready to say goodbye to 2008. But before you pop the cork on that champagne bottle, law enforcement has one important message for you.... They will be out here on these roads and if you drink and drive, you will be caught.

You'll be hearing a lot of sirens tonight, but not just after the ball drops... They're starting much earlier. Amarillo Police Sgt. Brent Barbee says, "As the night progresses, starting around six or seven o'clock." The Police Department, Sheriff's Departments and DPS say they have a full staff on duty tonight so you don't become a statistic. Take a look at these numbers. So far this year, nine people have been killed in Amarillo in alcohol related accidents. And more than 100 people have been arrested for DWI this in just the last two months alone.

Barbee says, "When you're controlling several thousands pounds of steel and are responsible for your life and the lives of lots of other people, I don't see why you should take anything for granted." Amarillo Police are cutting back on discretionary time off tonight. They are limiting time off to one officer per squad. Officials say there's no safe amount of alcohol. Even if you've had one or two drinks that wouldn't register on the breathalyzer test, doesn't mean it's safe to get behind the wheel.