EDINBURG, Texas — Law enforcement are ramping up patrols this Memorial Day weekend as bars will be reopened at 25 percent capacity.
Nearly 400 DWI crashes happened last Memorial Day weekend across the state, killing 16 people, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
“Normally during this time of the year we have a lot of accidents involving drunk drivers,” said Edinburg Police Chief Cesar Torres.
Since the stay at home orders began the department has seen a 34.1 % decrease in DWI arrest but police expect that number to rise this weekend.
“You lose your license, you can get jailed, you can be fined or all of them. It can be a headache because there’s a lot of fees your car gets towed and there’s a lot of fees in a DWI charge,” warned Torres.
Intoxicated drivers can face fines up to $17,000 and years in jail.