EDINBURG – Mary Garcia fought back her tears as she spoke proudly of her son Hernan Hernandez.
Monday Hernan should have began his junior year in high school but he was killed by a drunk driver while walking in what should have been a safe place.
“He isn't here anymore,” Garcia said. “His life was cut short because of someone's decision to drive drunk.”
Garcia urged motorists to think before taking the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. and his office began the No Refusal Campaign in 2015 in efforts to try and save a life.
“We understand we can't do it by ourselves,” Rodriguez said. “We tried so hard these past years to prevent, bring awareness, convict, help victims and we're not going to stop doing what we can to save that one life.”
Behind Rodriguez while he was speaking were the many police chiefs along with Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra. The law enforcement officials represent the agencies that will participate in the No Refusal Campaign which is set to kick off Thursday Aug. 31 and will end Monday Sept. 4.
During the No Refusal Campaign motorists that are pulled over by a law enforcement officer will be subject to blood testing at the scene.
Judges will be on call so the officers can obtain search warrants to perform the exams.
In Texas someone is killed in an alcohol related accident every 20 minutes. Holiday periods continue to be the most dangerous time for motorists. Last year Hidalgo County Sheriff Guerra said during the campaign his officers arrested 11 people.
“This year we hope the community makes the responsible choice not to drive if they're impaired,” Guerra said.