On February 9th at 3 P.M., law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges from San Saba County met at the jail and made their intentions known. Sheriff Brown stated that like the city of San Saba, the county of San Saba, as well, will now be a zero tolerance county concerning alcohol and or drug offenses. Sheriff Brown stated that after all the years of working in the schools and all the continued education on the dangers of drinking and driving and illegal narcotics, it was time for the other side of the coin to fall.
Sheriff Brown and Chief of Police Riggs met with each and every high school age student in the county and gave them one last bit of encouragement on making the right decisions, and the consequences of making the wrong one. Sheriff Brown stated that this way there is no misunderstanding nor any doubt as to our resolve in this matter. We are all working on this together and any city officer can move to intercept any problem in San Saba County. Sheriff Brown also stated that due to the excellent working conditions between the police department and the sheriff's office and with the assistance of the other agencies involved, an immediate impact will be felt in San Saba County.
The County Attorney, Tim Inman and Justice of the Peace Les Dawson were on hand and both stand firmly behind local law enforcement on this issue. Mr. Inman stated that his office will be available 24/7 to assist with the prosecution of DWI arrests here in San Saba. Sheriff Brown, Chief Riggs and County Attorney Inman are all informing the public that with each DWI arrest, misdemeanor and/or felony, blood will be sought as evidence. Sheriff Brown stated that with blood there is little doubt and that it will make all involved understand that we are serious not only about getting drunks off the roadways, but about prosecuting them, as well.
Sheriff Brown would like to thank Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, and Texas Department of Public Safety for their assistance with this situation. The district judges, the district attorneys office, the county judge and several local officers could not attend, but each and every one of these individuals are on board with this situation and we will all do what is needed without hesitation to combat this dangerous situation.
Law enforcement's number one priority is public safety. We can no longer afford not to throw every asset at a problem this dangerous. Not one more injury, not one more life can be given up to this type of crime without maximum effort on all involved, to stop it before it happens. No, we cannot be everywhere; and yes, we will have some major opportunities out there, but our resolve is clear. You drink and you drive or you provide alcohol in any way to minors and you can and will go to jail and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Sheriff Brown, as well as the other officers involved are asking for your assistance. Call in possible DWI drivers. We need direction of travel, vehicle color, make and model if possible and stay on the phone with the 911 dispatcher and then we need you to follow up. Come in and give a statement as to what you have seen and why you called us. This is everyone's fight and we all have the same goals in mind and that is preventing tragedy. We can all make a difference if we push forward together on this dangerous issue.