Chilifest is this weekend and local law enforcement is stepping up patrols for a DWI task force. Have a good time at Chilifest, but be safe, use the park and ride.
Press Release from the City of College Station:
In an effort to enhance safety on area roadways the College Station Police Department has coordinated a DWI Task Force to operate during Chilifest weekend. This effort will be accomplished with cooperation and assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas A&M University Police Department, Bryan Police Department, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, Brazos County Attorney’s Office, local Magistrates, the College Station Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Express Care.
Local law enforcement will utilize multiple officers, deputies and troopers to focus on DWI violations. If a DWI arrest is made, the suspect will be asked to give a sample of their breath or blood in order to determine the alcohol concentration or presence of a controlled substance or drug in their body. If the suspect refuses to provide a sample of breath or blood, a warrant will be sought for a blood sample from the suspect. If the Magistrate issues a warrant, a blood sample will be taken from the suspect to provide evidence in the DWI case. On April 4th, 5th, and 6th the resources necessary to obtain the warrant and subsequent blood draw will be on hand for law enforcement making DWI arrests.
This effort is not only intended to discourage anyone from drinking and driving, but is also intended to provide evidence in DWI cases against those who choose to drive while intoxicated. It is the intent of all agencies involved in this effort to prevent property damage, injury, and/or death that is the result of driving while intoxicated.
As a safe alternative to driving under the influence, there will be a shuttle service operating from the Brazos County Expo Complex at 5827 Leonard Rd. in Bryan to provide transportation to the Chilifest event. Buses will be running beginning at 9 AM on Saturday, April 6th to help Chilifest attendees get to and from Chilifest safely and will run to and from the event until 8 PM. Taxi cabs and CARPOOL will be available from the Brazos County Expo Complex to your final destination. Taxi cab fees will apply. We want EVERYONE over the age of 21 to drink responsibly and get home safely by utilizing the resources available. Please designate a driver – don’t drink and drive.
Please note: Cars left overnight at the Brazos County Expo Complex CAN be picked up on Sunday until 2 PM. The gates will remain OPEN for everyone to pick up vehicles, again, up until 2 PM on Sunday and then the parking lot will be locked until Monday, April 8th.
The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600 or the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345; contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community