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Law enforcement cracking down on DWIs this holiday weekend

Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 10:58 PM CDT
BEAUMONT - by Kara Dixon

In 1991, Kathy Bell Schexnaider lost her husband to a drunk driver.

"He was weeding in his mother's front yard, in front of my children, when he was hit by a 62-year-old drunk man that threw him 150 yards and wrapped him around a tree," Schexnaider said.

The next morning, she called Mothers Against Drunk Driving for help. Now, she works as their victim services specialist.

"After 23 years, I'm ready to get out of a job, not through retirement, but from no more drunk deaths," Schexnaider said.

And she, of course, isn't the only one who wants drunk driving to stop.

The Department of Transportation and local law officials are kicking off their Labor Day DWI crackdown.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis said they want people to have a great time celebrating this weekend, but law enforcement officer do not want it to translate into drinking and driving.

"We want you to have a good time at your parties, but make that responsible choice to not drink and drive," Davis said.

According to TxDOT, every 20 minutes, there is a wreck in the state of Texas that involves a driver under the influence.

"Absolutely no one should die this way," said Schexnaider. "It's the most preventable death on Earth and it comes down to not turning a key."

Schexnaider says to stop drunk driving, society needs to make it socially unacceptable.Law enforcement cracking down on DWIs this holiday weekend

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