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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office continues holiday effort to curb drunken driving


BURNET — Christmas and New Year’s Eve revelers looking to enjoy a “little” drinking and then head home might want to reconsider.

The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its extra patrol through Jan. 2, 2014, with an eye on nabbing people driving under the influence. The sheriff’s office announced the plan to step up patrols during the Christmas and New Year’s period in early December.

“We want everyone to have a reason to celebrate this holiday season, but that means that drivers need to arrange for a safe and sober ride home or a plan to spend the night,” Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said.

If they don’t, they could wind up spending the night in the Burnet County Jail.

In 2012, Burnet County had one fatality and 38 injuries because of drinking and driving. Twenty-five of those injuries were incapacitating, according to BCSO officials.

Law enforcement officials hope increased visibility during the holiday season can make a difference in saving lives on the road.