Extra Patrols for Spring Break

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND CO.- DPS troopers will be in full force this week to watch for teens on Spring Break.

"Everyone is going to be scheduled on the road," said Trooper Beau Martinez, who says they will be targeting law breakers, "We're looking for speeding violations, seat belts, and drinking and driving."

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Representatives say they will also be watching for parties at hotels, houses and out on dirt roads. They will also be watching for convenience stores that sell to minors.

"There is a lot of underage drinking during Spring Break," said Martinez, "The legal age in Texas is 21. I understand there is a lot of peer pressure on teens, that your friends want you to drink, but you have to have that responsibility to say no."

A first DWI or DUI will cost you at least $2,000 dollars in fines and up to six months in jail.

Anyone under 21 will automatically lose their licence.