Have a #SafeFiesta

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two women riding horses during a San Antonio Fiesta parade

According to the San Antonio Police Department, the Fiesta celebration for 2016 saw a hike in DWI arrests over 2015. SAPD officers made a total of 233 arrests for driving while intoxicated during the span of Fiesta’s 10 day affair. That was 11 more arrests than in 2015, which isn’t a dramatic hike in arrests but still discouraging. On a more positive note, 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year without fatalities tied to Fiesta.
We can keep San Antonio’s DWI numbers down with a simple promise to not drink and drive. To help, we’ve offered some alternatives to keep you from getting behind the wheel of a car.
1. Assign a designated driver of the group.
2. Call a relative or friend to pick you up.
3. Purchase a pass for public transportation.
4. Call a cab.
5. Utilize a rideshare service.
Also remember not to walk home or ride a bike if you’ve had too much to drink – public intoxication is still a crime. And yes, buzzed driving is still drunk driving.
The San Antonio Police Officers’ Association loves our city and Fiesta just as much as everyone else does. We’re going to celebrate responsibly and safely with our friends and families, and we hope you all do too. As we do so, let’s all do our part to reverse the trend and hopefully, 2017 will see a big reduction in Fiesta-related DWI’s.
We ask that you pledge to be safe during Fiesta and not drive by using #SafeFiesta in all your Fiesta-related photos and posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By using this hashtag, you’re promising that you will not get behind the wheel of a car even if you are buzzed. Be a responsible drinker and together we can bring down the DWI statistics in San Antonio.

Getting Home, Safely

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Taxi driving on the streets at night

You’re out late. You’ve had a good time, but also a few too many drinks with friends. You just want to get in your car and go home. Don’t do it! Driving under the influence is not only illegal, it’s dangerous and not something you should tolerate or ever attempt. Instead, get a ride. Here are a few easy ways to do that.

Ride with a Friend

Whenever you go out with a group of friends, you should have a designated driver. This is a person who has agreed to stay sober for the evening to ensure that everyone gets a safe ride back home. Be kind to your designated driver and offer to return the favor on the next outing.

Ride from Someone Else

There’s plenty of ride-sharing options to getting a safe ride home. Taxis are still a solid option, but now you have even more options, like Lyft and Uber, which are now available in San Antonio. These are all going to cost you something, but they are the best way to get home at any time of the day or night.

Ride the Bus

There’s nothing glamorous about public transportation, but a bus home can get you home cheaply and safely. Busing is affordable, and many bus routes now run through popular neighborhoods and night life spots, so it’s never been easier to take the bus when necessary.

When you go out, have a good time, but get a safe ride home. There’s no excuse to endanger yourself or others. There are plenty of options to get home safely, so don’t drive under the influence — arrive alive!

Think Twice Before You Drink and Drive This Labor Day

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Choose your ride. Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

According to public record and media reports, ten people have been killed by alleged drunk drivers in Bexar County since the beginning of 2015. Seven suspects have been charged with intoxication manslaughter in relation to those accidents according to the Bexar County District Attorney’s office.

The San Antonio Police Department urges you to stay safe this Labor Day Weekend.  Historically, it’s not a pretty picture.

In the state of Texas during the summer of 2014, 336 people, including drivers and their passengers, were killed in alcohol related crashes, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.  Another 680 were seriously injured.  This agency is seriously pushing their end of summer “Drink Drive, Go to Jail” campaign. The current wave of the campaign will end around the Labor Day holiday which is notorious for accidents.

San Antonio Police continue to crack down on DWIs. Since January 1 of this year, almost 500 suspects have been arrested on felony drunken driving charges and thousands of others have been charged with misdemeanors.

Driving while intoxicated is raised to a felony if the suspect is arrested on the charge after at least two previous convictions, has a child passenger, or if the driver causes serious bodily injury or death.

Don’t take the risk of being pulled over, killing yourself, a loved one, or an innocent motorist.  It’s not worth it.

Have a safe Labor Day.