Blackout Wednesday: Authorities crack down on drunk driving as others reflect on loved ones lost in crashes

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Thanksgiving is Thursday, but many people celebrated “Drinksgiving” on Wednesday. Some call it ‘Blackout Wednesday’, but whatever the nickname, this can be a very dangerous time on the road.

In Precinct 4, the cop’s office launches a special task force to track down and arrest drunk drivers. In Fort Bend County, authorities are calling this a “No Denial Weekend.” That means that if you are stopped and suspected of being under the influence, you must provide a blood sample to prove that you are safe to drive.

Sandra Miranda lost her two younger brothers on November 13.

“Not only can’t I believe they’re not here, but I can’t believe the way they left us,” said Miranda.

The loss she spoke of and this wreck on the Beltway in west Houston may have resulted from a man’s decision to drive while intoxicated.

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The shock of the loss of her brothers, Eduardo and Carlos, is similar to what a friend of Adrian Byrd, who died when a drunk driver hit him head-on, said he still feels alive more than five years after the deadly crash on the Beltway. feels.

“That’s the hardest thing to deal with,” said Ahmad Roper. “If you try to reach someone and they can’t pick up.”

These crashes didn’t happen over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but there’s a good chance another one will.

Multi-year data from the National Transportation Safety Board shows that Texas is the nation with the highest number of fatal accidents during this period, and Houston has more of these incidents than any other city in the state.

At least one drunk driver is involved in nearly a third of fatal traffic accidents during the holiday season.

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“Make sure you don’t go out alone drinking and driving. Also don’t take any subscription pills that your doctor didn’t prescribe to you, and be careful out there. Use Uber, Lyft. Use your friends, like Well, be the one friend who don’t drink and take care of herself,” Roper said.

It’s a wise message from a man who knows what it’s like to lose someone who didn’t have to die because of someone else’s decision to drink and drive.

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