A new DWI pre-trial intervention program kicking off this week in Harris County, also known as the “drunk driving capital” of the country.
Under Texas law the program will allow a first time drunk driving offenders to delay their trial for an intense year-long program in order to avoid a conviction on their record. To be eligible the participant must be a legal U.S. resident or have lawful status and must not have committed a serious crime associated with the DWI.
The program costs $3,000 and requires several levels of counseling, urine analysis, drug abuse classes, electronic monitoring along with outpatient services.
In 2012, 2,500 people were killed in DWI related accidents in Harris County.