December is a month filled with holiday parties, and for a lot of us a good time also involves throwing back a few alcoholic beverages. But some of us forget to leave our keys at home. With Texas leading the country in DWI’s and fatalities, Valley law enforcement are looking to close that gap.

Authorities have made their message very clear and during this holiday season consequences will be severe for those caught drinking and driving. There is a zero-tolerance for drinking and driving, a message that the local police departments and the Texas Department of Public Safety are making ahead of time.

These two forces have begun a campaign against people who drink and drive– particularly during this time of year. According to statistics this is the time we see an increase in these types of accidents that all too often become fatal.

For more effective results to keep the streets safe during the holidays, state authorities coordinate themselves with local police departments who are advising drivers to avoid any problems with the law.

“Our number one goal is to keep the community safe,” said McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.

Those caught driving under the influence will be punished to the full extent of the law.

“If you are out there drinking and driving we will catch you,” said DPS Spokesperson Maria Hernandez.

‚ÄúThere is going to be multiple fines,” said Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas.

“Police will be out in full force prosecuting those who drink and drive,” said Edinburg Police Chief Rolando Castaneda.

For the next three weeks, police departments will be out full force patrolling the streets.