CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Extra precautions are being taken by local law enforcement to keep Coastal Bend roads safe from drunk drivers this Thanksgiving.
Officials with the Corpus Christi Police Department said they have additional officers patrolling at night -- specifically looking for those driving under the influence.
The Nueces County District Attorney's Office said those caught could face lengthy prison sentences.
CCPD told 3NEWS they have extra officers looking for drunk drivers year-round, providing additional support to officers already on patrol. Lt. Michael Pena asks that if residents see someone drinking and driving, to call 911 so they can be pulled over.
He said the peak time for officers to look for intoxicated drivers is between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
"We have to look out for ourselves by planning, you know. If you're going to go out and you're going to drink alcohol, you know, have a plan to get home. Whether it be, again I can't stress this enough, rideshare, taxi, designated driver," Pena said.
Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez also recommends getting a ride home so you don't threaten the lives of others. He said there's a collaborative effort between DPS, CCPD and the Nueces County Sheriff's Office to keep the roads safe.
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