Law enforcement out in full force for holidays

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

The holidays are here, and that means many will attend holiday parties where alcohol is served. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers say they will have all available officers on duty for Christmas and New Year’s in an effort to stop drinking and driving.

In addition, troopers will also be looking for speeders and anyone who is not wearing a seat belt. Sherman Police officers will also add extra patrols for the holidays.

"There is some responsibility that can fall back on the host. If they're providing alcohol and not controlling what goes on in residence, it can come back on them." Lt. Bob Fair of the Sherman Police Department says.

“There's no doubt with holidays here, parties, people go out and drink then get in vehicles and drive," Fair says.

It's not just a holiday problem. It's an everyday problem, but to officers on the street, it is something they run into more often this time of year.

“It definitely rises this time of year there's no doubt with holiday gatherings, people drinking and going out we do so more activity. With New Years Eve we'll have extra patrol that night as well, making sure roads are safe," Fair says.

On Wednesday two men in Sherman were arrested on DWI charges in unrelated stops. In an effort to stop this from happening, agencies all over the country are doing the same thing.

“The police dept has extra man power assigned and officers are always on lookout for driving while intoxicated to protect other drivers on the road."

All available OHP and DPS troopers will be out on patrol. Last year, Texas troopers made 1,200 DWI arrests, issued 27,000 speeding tickets and gave 1,100 seat belt citations.

Those are all things officers say can be prevented.

“Be a friend. Make sure friends don't drive, have designated drivers, take precautions, call them a cab, give them a ride home, but don't let them drive when they're drunk. It risks too many lives."

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  • by Me again Location: Ok on Dec 25, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    You Drink!!! You Drive!!! You Die or you kill someone else's family!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2007 at 08:32 AM
    It is not called harassment, it is called doing my job. Anytime a person goes one mile per hour over the speed limit, u are breaking the law. You pull out of a yard or parking lot without a set belt on that is breaking the law. There is several other issues that I have not said anything. I am there to keep the law and I hope and pray save lives with the job I do, so go ahead and call it harassment and I will call it keeping the law and saving peoples lives.
  • by Me Location: Okla on Dec 24, 2007 at 04:06 AM
    You call us cops yoyo's, well let me say this most people think when they drink that gum, smoking, and a dip of snuff covers the smell off alcohol. Well let me tell you people something it only enhances the smell of alcohol coming from your breath.
  • by bozo the cop Location: grayson co on Dec 24, 2007 at 01:34 AM
    I can tell you from experience that MOST police officers, who work for MOST municipalities, do not care about making money for the city off of citations. Why would we? Were not going to see any of that money. Our salaries get paid from city property taxes. I can tell you that MOST police officers do care about keeping people safe on the roads. Theres not much worse than seeing people get seriously injured or killed because they or someone else were speeding, drunk or just plain reckless.
  • by SS on Dec 23, 2007 at 05:53 PM
    There KXII goes again. They report the news than allow useless babble about the men in blue. I just don't get it. Thanks alot!
  • by billy Location: denison on Dec 23, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    OK shelly and anonamous next time youneed the cops dont call do it your self and also i bet you are just the best at your job i want to come to your job and we will see how good you realy are
  • by Boo Location: Sherman on Dec 23, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    Good, bad & Ugly. You couldn't pay me enough money! To all those officers in the line of fire, I desire to say.... May you have a Wonderful Hoiday and stay out of harms way!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2007 at 08:54 AM
    ryan is a sheep in fairy tale land...i do not break the law i have had the need for there help however they wont or are to busy to help and yes it is police harassment every cop i have had contact with are idiots and bozos and they dont do there cop.cops are stupid jerks
  • by kelly on Dec 22, 2007 at 05:04 PM
    if someone was kickin in your door or breaking in your car the law doesn`t have time to mess with ya..they`re too busy tryin to catch someone who isn`t wearing a seatbelt
  • by shelly Location: sherman on Dec 22, 2007 at 02:43 PM
    Billy and ryan are cops themselfs are they are just idiots .
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