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State beefs up drunk driving enforcement

Ennis drivers should be warned, TxDOT officials have come up with a plan to remind everyone that the state’s “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaign will be in full effect over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
At a press event in Austin, state officials unveiled their newest public education tool: a unique “half and half” vehicle that appears to be a officer’s patrol car on one end and a taxicab on the other. The “patrol cabs” will be dispersed throughout the state at local police departments and sheriff’s offices to help promote the anti-drunk driving campaign. Actual police cars are being turned into mobile billboards reminding drivers to choose their ride: either by calling a cab, finding a sober ride home or letting officers provide a ride — to jail.
Law enforcement agencies through the state will be using the newly designed vehicles to find and arrest drunk drivers through the first week of September. Although Ennis Police Department won’t see any “patrol cabs” donated to its police force, Chief John Erisman said patrols for drunk drivers during the Labor Day holiday weekend will certainly be ramped up.

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