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Harris County continues to have the dubious distinction of having the most D.W.I. fatalities in the state, but there were none this New Year’s holiday in either Harris County or Montgomery County, and local prosecutors believe more drivers are starting to get the message.

There were around 105 D.W.I. arrests in Houston and the surrounding area as people rang in the new year, but Montgomery County prosecutor Warren Diepram believes the general trend for New Year’s Eve is that the number D.W.I. arrests actually go down.

Diepram says people seem to be getting the public safety message and the designated driver message when it comes to D.W.I. enforcement, but says much work remains to be done throughout the rest of the year.

Because of changes in the law, blood evidence has increased 500% in D.W.I. cases, and that makes the conviction rate for anyone who is arrested for D.W.I. close to 95%. Law enforcement will continue to crack down on those who drink and drive in an effort to save lives.

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