Longview, Texas (KETK) — Longview Police are encouraging citizens to have a safe, happy, and festive holiday season. But sometimes the festivities can also lead to unexpected tragedy.
This holiday season the Longview Police Department is encouraging everyone to choose a designated driver or stay sober. Drinking and driving is an avoidable crime that affects many innocent people's lives every day.
Longview Police will be out in force over the next few weeks working to make the streets safer for citizens and visitors to Longview.
Officers will also be keeping an eye out by working under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) to find those drivers who chose to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car. Longview Police say there will be zero tolerance for those who choose to drink and drive.
TxDOT also has a program this holiday season for those who choose to have one for the road. TxDOT's Holiday P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) campaign encourages Texans to give the gift of a sober ride and make it easier for sober drivers to enjoy the festivities without drinking alcohol. They recommend serving non-alcoholic beverage choices at their holiday parties.
Longview Police tell their citizens that the holidays are about making memories that last and to not let a holiday party be your last memory.