DPS wants drivers and passengers to make the wise, and least expensive choice, of finding a sober ride to their destinations during the Labor Day weekend.

All available troopers will be on duty starting Friday, Sept. 4, through midnight, Monday, Sept. 7, looking for drunk drivers, speeders and seat belt violators.

“Drivers and their passengers should choose a safe ride to wherever they’re going this weekend,” said Assistant Director David Baker, who oversees the Texas Highway Patrol. “Calling a cab or sober friend for a ride is much cheaper than getting arrested for DWI and going to jail.”

A driving while intoxicated conviction stays on an offender’s criminal and driving record forever. For the first offense, the law allows a maximum of six months in jail, a $2,000 fine and a one-year driver license suspension. A DWI conviction also carries a $1,000 surcharge for three years, in addition to any other fines or costs associated with the arrest.

DPS supports the “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign and is also a participant in Operation CARE—Combined Accident Reduction Effort—a nationwide effort by police agencies to reduce fatalities on major interstate highways during holiday weekends.

During Labor Day last year, DPS troopers arrested 623 people for driving while intoxicated and issued more than 10,000 speeding citations and 2,500 seat belt and child restraint tickets. In all, troopers wrote almost 20,000 tickets in an effort to make driving safer during the Labor Day holiday last year.

“Choose a sober driver this weekend,” said Assistant Director Baker. “Otherwise, the Texas Highway Patrol will choose your ride for you.”