The numbers are in from the special crackdown on drunk driving over the Labor Day Weekend. They confirm something we already know - that driving drunk in Texas is a sure way to get a DUI.

From Aug. 19 to Sept. 6, troopers from the Texas Highway Patrol arrested 2,033 allegedly intoxicated drivers. Some 550 of those arrests were made by troopers whose presence on the road was funded by a special grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

During the crackdown, troopers focused on high-risk locations and concentrated their efforts on times when drunk drivers were most likely to be on the road.

The Texas Department of Transportation has been giving grants to get more troopers out looking for drivers for four years. All told, those grants have resulted in troopers making 1,947 arrests.

The crackdown was scheduled for Labor Day because, along with the Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekend, it is one of biggest times during the summer months for drivers to overestimate how much they have had and get behind the wheel.

Of course, we all need to do what we can to encourage public safety and that includes consuming alcohol only in moderation. While driving drunk does mean you put others at risk, however, it does not mean that you are a bad person. We all make mistakes. If you have been arrested on suspicion for drunk driving, it would not be a bad idea to speak to an attorney about it. A DUI charge is a very serious matter indeed, but it does not have to be the end of the world.

The next DUI crackdown is scheduled for the Christmas-New Year's holiday period.

Source: The Wilson County News, "Special enforcement effort gets drunk drivers off roads," Sept. 20, 2011.