While New Year’s Eve should be a celebratory experience, dozens of Houstonians suffered during the long holiday weekend. Between December 26th and January 1st, authorities arrested 347 people for DWI and intoxication assault. That number includes crashes that injured someone, drivers with multiple DWI arrests, or drunk drivers with children inside the car.
The Houston Police Department accounted for 60 DWI arrests. Harris County authorities contributed for more than 70 DWI arrests and Montgomery County charged a dozen motorists with driving impaired on New Year’s Eve. Houston police officers also arrested eight men for celebratory gunfire.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales shared via Twitter, “Many lives were likely saved thanks to these officers, but too many were lost to drunk drivers.”
Drinking and weather conditions contributed to several fatal collisions in the Houston area. Current reports indicate five people died in crashes on New Year’s Eve. A Magnolia man was charged with felony murder after driving drunk in Harris County that killed his 11-year-old daughter. Other car accidents include a man hitting a tree on South Post Oak and two golf cart passengers hit by a truck.
A woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition after she suffered a rear-end collision with an 18-wheeler due to the heavy fog. Between smoke from the fireworks and heavy fog Houston was at zero visibility going into the new year. This problem contributed to the 32-car collision in Austin. The multiple car wreck left nine injured and zero fatalities.
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Source: Houston Chronicle
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