APD puts extra officers on the street for Independence Day holiday

Extra Amarillo Police Department officers are on the street through Wednesday July 4th to focus on impaired drivers because of the celebrations that are associated with the Independence Day Holiday.

The July 4th holiday is recognized as one of the most deadly holidays on our roadways.  On average there is an alcohol-related crash in Texas every 20 minutes. A DWI crash often results in serious injuries or death. 

If the fear of killing yourself or someone else isn’t a good enough reason to not drink and drive, you should consider that DWI has longstanding negative consequences. DWI penalties include jail time, a suspended driver’s license, and as much as $20,000 or more in fines, legal fees, and other expenses.

The Amarillo Police Department has received a Comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation to compensate extra patrol officers to concentrate their enforcement efforts on impaired drivers, speeding violators, and seatbelt/child restraint violators.

Please plan ahead and make arrangements for a sober driver if you intend to travel after consuming alcohol.

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