A few weeks ago, we brought you news on this blog of the increased DUI enforcement that will take place all across Texas late this summer. Still, the message bears repeating: be careful on the roads. This is an especially important warning for college students to hear, since alcohol-related car crashes affect them more than any other age group.

The Texas Department of Transportation is running its Drink, Drive Go To Jail DUI awareness campaign from Aug. 19 until Labor Day. The initiative will get extra troopers on the roads, where they will have instructions to be extra vigilant as they keep an eye out for drivers who are intoxicated.

Law enforcement authorities are so aggressive towards drunk driving because it present a serious public safety issue. Last year, there were 25,032 crashes in Texas in which alcohol was a factor. Of those crashes, there were 1,057 deaths and 16, 877 injuries. Statistics seem to indicate these crashes disproportionately affect young people - 24 percent of people killed in alcohol-related crashes last year were between the ages of 20 and 25. That same demographic accounts for just 9 percent of the state's total population.

Most alcohol-related crashes occur between 2 and 3 a.m., according to figures from the department of transportation. Saturday is the day in which an alcohol-related crash is most likely to occur.

As always, it is important to consume alcohol in moderation and to avoid driving if you drink too much. If you do find yourself in trouble with the law after getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, though, do not assume all is lost. Working with an attorney who as experience in DUI and DWI matters may help you make the best of a bad situation.

Source: The Pasadena Citizen, "Texas DWI crackdown coming up: Drink, drive, go to jail," Aug. 4, 2011.