The 2017 North Texas DWI Press Conference brought five counties together Nov. 15 to discuss drunk driving and its impact on their communities. Dallas County Commissioner/DWI Taskforce Chair Dr. Elba Garcia and Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke welcomed elected officials, law enforcement officers, community organization leaders, and concerned citizens who packed the Alan E. Sims Recreation Center in Cedar Hill for the conference.
The 5 Counties- 1 Goal conference brought representatives from Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant Counties to discuss this timely issue. Following opening remarks by Mayor Franke, remarks were made by Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Marian Brown, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, and Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson. Also participating in the discussion were Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, Ellis County Sheriff Charles E. Edge, and Dallas County Constable Roy Williams.
With the holiday season near, law enforcement officials are prepared for an increase in accidents, injuries and deaths resulting from people who drive while intoxicated or impaired.
DWI Taskforce Chair Commissioner Garcia said, “Our desire is to help make an impact on people that drink, to be responsible and not get behind the wheel of a car. There are many ways to prevent these types of accidents such as having a designated driver or taking a cab and leaving your car parked. If you are at a party and someone is leaving after drinking too much, be a friend and stop them.”
The DWI Taskforce’s “What Alcohol Says” (#whatalcoholsays) campaign was so successful last year that it is back again this year. For more information about their activities, visit Dallas County DWI Taskforce on Facebook or call 214-653-6670.