Midland Police Gear Up for Possible Jump in Wrecks, DWI Cases Over Holiday Weekend

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The roads are packed, but also, folks are often enjoying their turkey with alcoholic drinks, which they're sometimes downing through the day and into the night.

"The traffic volume's been increased. The number of car crashes has increased," Midland Police Chief, Price Robinson, said.

Robinson says his officers are busier than ever responding to roadway accidents. This Thanksgiving weekend, they're prepared to see their accident numbers jump. In addition to that, they're also keeping an extra watchful eye on drivers who appear altered.

"The department is always conscientious about DWI's," Robinson said.

Family and friend reunions aren't complete, for some, with out day-drinking. The police department says their officers have been preparing for the possible increase in DWI cases. There's always the potential for them to put into place a "no refusal" weekend, although, you'll never get the heads up. It's done randomly.

"You never know," Robinson said.

That's when the department issues search warrants to take blood samples from people arrested for DWI's but who refuse breath tests.