By: Jessica Shorten
NEW CANEY, TX – As part of a nationwide effort to prevent drunk and drugged driving, the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office took part in “Saturation Saturday” this past weekend.
Joining over 250 other law enforcement agencies, the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office went out in force this past Saturday night as part of a campaign by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) to “saturate” an area with law enforcement to capture and stop drunk and drugged drivers before they can cause harm behind the wheel to themselves and others.
“The strategy behind this event is to be extra visible on the roads,” stated Constable Hayden. “Seeing those blue lights should remind people to make a better decision than driving drunk. I’m proud to partner with MADD to help save lives, and I’ll continue to make DWI enforcement a priority in PCT 4.”
Constable Hayden’s DWI team, as well as Patrol Units, Sergeants, and Reserve Deputies met at the PCT 4 Office Saturday evening to discuss the operation. DWI Sgt. Potter briefed the group on the high-visibility objective of “Saturation Saturday”, divvied up East Montgomery County into patrol assignments, and then touched on communication and safety before everyone headed out.
During the event, Deputies made countless traffic stops along the highway and other heavily traveled roads in Precinct 4, as well as patrolling areas where DWI arrests are more frequent. They also responded to crashes and calls from Dispatch for Attempt-To-Locates. In total, seven arrests were made by the team throughout the evening. Six of those were DWIs, and the last was a felony warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, over 290,000 injuries are sustained a year as a result of drunk and drugged driving. In 2019 alone, there were 10,142 deaths attributed to driving under the influence. Founded in 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has worked to “end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.”
“The past year and a half have been treacherous on our roads, with an increase in drunk driving, speeding and other hazardous driving behavior,” said MADD National President Alex Otte. “As we head into one of the busiest weeks on the road and the long Labor Day weekend, MADD joins our law enforcement partners in urging everyone to plan ahead before the first drink for a safe, unimpaired driver. With rideshare, public transportation, taxis and other safe transportation options, there is never an excuse to drink and drive.”
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