Park rangers conduct DUI checkpoint in continuing efforts to improve visitor safety.

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Date: July 22, 2014
Contact: Timothy Thompson, (361)949-9238
Contact: Scott Martin, (361)949-9238

A DUI checkpoint was conducted on Saturday evening, July 19th at Padre Island National Seashore. The drivers of 146 cars were contacted. Six drivers were sent into secondary screening for further investigation, and two of those drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. There were also citations issued for open containers and possession of marijuana. Approximately 40 drivers passing through admitted to consuming alcohol while at Padre Island National Seashore on Saturday.

This summer, 20 drivers have been arrested for operating under the influence at the National Seashore since Memorial Day weekend, with eight of those being on the 4th of July weekend. In addition, there have been other alcohol-related incidents that rangers have responded to, including dog bites, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct.

The purpose of the checkpoint was to detect and apprehend alcohol and drug impaired drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recognized impaired driving as one of the nation's most often committed and deadliest crimes.

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dl) or higher, yet people continue to break the law and drive drunk. According to the Texas Department of Transportation there were 3377 traffic fatalities in the state of Texas in 2013, with 32% being alcohol/DUI related. In addition, NHTSA reports 50% of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic collision in his or her lifetime. Sobriety checkpoints are a proactive deterrent and are one of the most effective methods of reducing the amount of impaired drivers who pose a serious threat to innocent, unsuspecting motorists traveling our roadways.

This checkpoint is part of our continuing efforts to detect and deter alcohol and/or drug impaired driving and contribute to a safe park experience for all visitors.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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