HOUSTON (CBS Houston) With concentrated efforts on DWI offenders during the extended 4th of July holiday weekend, Harris County Sheriff’s Officials arrested 29 drivers in the unincorporated areas of the county, including 11 repeat offenders.

Officials stated that of those drivers who were charged with driving while under the influence, the arrests included seven who had a previous DWI and four who had two previous DWIs.

“Sheriff’s deputies also investigated three traffic fatalities that were caused by or related to alcohol use,” added HCSO officials. “The crackdown included special assignment for up to 10 officers per 8-hour shift in the four-day period. Under state law, blood specimens were drawn from drivers in situations where such evidence was needed to establish blood-alcohol content.”

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia reiterated his “zero tolerance” for individuals who drive under the influence of chemicals and substances: “Enough’s enough,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. “We’re working hard to get rid of our county’s title as the number one place in the nation for DWI-related fatalities. We’ll find other holiday periods through the year to make special efforts against DWI using ‘no refusal’ blood sampling. In the meantime our patrol deputies will remain on the lookout for DWI cases.”

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