Spring break for a lot of El Paso students is the week of March 16 - 20, and that means a lot of people with a lot of time on their hands. El Paso Police say they are gearing up for spring break as well, but they'll be out looking for drunk drivers and they'll be working to get them off the streets to keep everyone safe.

The El Paso Police Department received a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to increase traffic enforcement during spring break. The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program will run from March 6 to March 24, and it will serve to keep people who have been partying and drinking too much from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Police say they don't mind if you party or consume alcohol, you just need to do so carefully and make sure that you don't to anything that could get you in trouble with the law. EPPD says you need to not only drive safely but you need to make sure that you \have a designated driver if you plan on drinking.

A couple of other good ideas if you plan on doing some Spring Break partying - get a ride share app on your phone before you head out to party. You can also put the phone number of a taxi service in your phone as a back up to ride sharing. Make sure you have a designated driver before the night begins. Many bars offer free soft drinks to the person who has to make sure your drunk butt gets home safely, so ask if that's offered at the bar you're at.

You should also remember that a DUI could run you as much as $10,000 in tickets, legal fees, lost work time, and increased car insurance rates. If that doesn't keep you from drinking and driving, just think about the rest of us. We don't want to get hit by your vehicle because you can't party responsibly, so just do it and don't make us have to be hacked off at you for being a fool.

Happy Spring Break!

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