Texas motorists who live in or who have the occasion to travel through Montgomery County should know that local officials are taking steps to reduce the number of cases and fatalities that result from drunk driving. Attorneys, local law enforcement and members of the legislature are considering a variety of options, such as stiffer consequences for driving while intoxicated and a specialized task force to combat DWIs.
The warnings about the consequences of drinking and driving are very common. Indeed, most people understand that a drunk driving charge (and subsequent conviction) can cost thousands of dollars and result in jail time. However, reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that impaired driving (through illegal or prescription drugs) is a growing problem that deserves more attention.
On March 31, a Texas man was sentenced to 204 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine. The defendant, a 35-year-old Kirbyville resident, pleaded guilty on Oct. 16.