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APD Hosts Traffic Symposium In Effort To Tackle Drunk Driving

Updated: Tuesday, August 5 2014, 10:38 PM CDT

An effort is underway in the City of Austin to make roads and highways safer and cut back on drunk driving. But to find those solutions, Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo said it is going to take a village, and Tuesday evening that village of stakeholders got together at the "Traffic Symposium."

The Austin Police Department rounded-up a panel of local and state leaders, and then invited the public to weigh in.

Chief Acevedo said he hopes that together the group will start solving issues drivers see every day.

"It's missing common sense," Chief Acevedo said. "There are too many people in our city and county and region that come to Austin, and they party all over the city, and then they get in the car and drive away."

Sara Levine is with ATX Safer Streets, and she said she wants to see the city also step-up with a more proactive approach like adding public transportation and more overnight parking options.

"If you are telling people not to drink and drive, but you give them no options what-so-ever to get home they are still going to do it," she said.

Levine said that way law enforcement and DWIs do not have to be the last line of defense against drunk drivers.

Chief Acevedo said he hopes by getting everyone involved who knows Austin roads the best will send the message that Austin as a city will no longer tolerate drinking and driving.

"I'm hoping people will wake up and realize it's not getting better, it's going to get worse with this growing city, and with more people moving here, with more special events," Acevedo said.

By Cassie Gallo

APD Hosts Traffic Symposium In Effort To Tackle Drunk Driving

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