Lawmakers to Renew Sobriety Checkpoint Effort

Sunday, Nov 28, 2010  |  Updated 7:18 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Lawmakers to Renew Sobriety Checkpoint Effort

Getty Images

North Texas lawmakers plan to try again to introduce a sobriety checkpoints bill in the new legislative session.

advertisement

North Texas lawmakers plan to try again to introduce a sobriety checkpoints bill in the new legislative session.

Similar legislation failed in earlier sessions. The checkpoints have been banned since 1994.

The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that Rep. Todd Smith, R-Euless, said a bill identical to one that stalled last year is being drafted.

That bill, which passed the Senate but was never voted on in House, would have allowed sobriety stops in cities with populations over 500,000 or for sheriff's departments that operate in counties with more than 250,000 people.

Texas has one of the highest proportions of drunken driving deaths in the country, including a string of high-profile fatalities in the Dallas area.

The Legislature reconvenes in January.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out