November 1, 2011
Welcome to the Dallas County DWI Task Force website. This task force has been in existence for 27 years. The main focus of the task force has been to bring people together from different organizations in order to address the critical issues and tragic results of DWI and DUI in our county. We also make recommendations to the Texas Legislature in an effort to create laws and programs that will help reduce and prevent the occurrence of DWI/DUI accidents.
With the holiday season upon us, there will be an increase in accidents, injuries and deaths as a direct result of people that are driving while intoxicated or impaired. Our desire is to help make an impact on people that drink, to be responsible and not get behind the wheel of a car. There are many ways to prevent these types of accidents such as having a designated driver or taking a cab and leaving your car parked. If you are at a party and someone is leaving after drinking too much, be a friend and stop them.
I want to thank all of the members of our task force for helping to get this message out to the public. The task force is made of individuals and companies that deal with the problems associated with DWI/DUIs daily. Our membership includes law enforcement – police officers, sheriff officers, constables; Mothers Against Drunk Driver (MADD); Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership (DADPP); Smart Start; Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC); North Texas Crime Commission (NTCC); Parkland; Recovery Health Care; Injury Prevention Center, Greater Dallas Center on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (GDCADA); North Texas Tollway Association (NTTA); North Texas Council of Government (NTCOG); Dallas County Institute of Forensic Sciences; Dallas ISD; and Sigels Liquor.
I also want to give a special thank you to the students that have participated in our “It’s not cool to Drink and Drive” program. These students are not only helping to get the message to other teens that is it illegal for anyone under 21 to drink, but they are helping them see the negative results of underage drinking and the tragic consequences of underage drinking and driving.
It is our hope that you will use this site to learn about the ongoing costs and effects of DWI/DUI on the residents of Dallas County. We welcome and invite your input about how we can do more to educate people of all ages of the dangers of drinking or doing drugs while driving. If you or your family has been affected by DWI/DUI, or if you have a story to tell of your own experience of driving while intoxicated or impaired, we invite you to share your story. Please email us or join the conversation on our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
I want to thank you for visiting our website and learning more about this national problem. I hope that the information and the tools you find here inspire you to join us in our fight against DWI/DUI, and help you to deal with the personal effects it may have on your daily life.
Together, we will make a difference.
Dr. Elba Garcia
Dallas County Commissioner