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Port Arthur Police Department
News Release
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Port Arthur Police Department Increases Patrols During Spring Break to Stop Drunk Drivers

Port Arthur, Texas - Each year in Texas, more than half of drivers involved in deadly drunk driving crashes are between the ages of 17 and 34. As part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign leading up to Spring Break, Port Arthur Police Department and law enforcement officers across Texas will increase DWI patrols to identify and stop impaired drivers. The campaign aims to decrease crashes and save lives by urging drivers to plan a sober ride as part of their Spring Break festivities. The increased enforcement runs through March 19, 2018.

“We encourage young people to make wise decisions during the Spring Break holiday,” said Patrick Melvin, Chief of Police. “Drinking and driving can severely impact the future of a young person for the rest of their life. Please plan ahead for a sober ride before the party starts. And remember, drinking under the age of 21 is illegal.”

During last year’s Spring Break* in Texas, there were 410 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 20 people and seriously injured another 48.

While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. A DWI could also cause loss of job and greatly limit future job potential. Port Arthur Police Department and TxDOT strongly encourage everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. Visit to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:

·        Designating a sober driver.

·        Contacting a cab or ride-share service.

·        Using mass transit.

·        Spending the night.


For more information, contact Lt. C. Segler at 409-984-2192 or

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