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Lt. Governor David Dewhurst Is Named Texas Crime Fighter of the Year By CLEAT.

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The state's largest law enforcement group has named Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst as the recipient of the "Texas Crime Fighter of the Year."

Texas law enforcement officers hope that by recognizing the Lt. Governor during the Thanksgiving holidays for his strong support and leadership in reforming the state's DWI laws that the attention will remind motorists not to take the chance and drive drunk.

"Lt. Governor Dewhurst demonstrated the leadership necessary to pass HB 292 through the Texas Senate and that alone would warrant our highest recognition," said Charley Wilkison, Political & Legislative Director for Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, "but his leadership has extended much farther than by simply supporting stronger DWI laws, he has done much more."

HB 292 was a DWI reform measure that gives law enforcement officers the right to obtain a blood sample from any suspected drunk driver who is involved in an accident that causes an injury.

In the past, Texas law had only allowed the drawing of blood if the suspected drunk driver was involved in an accident that involved a fatality.

"This was a hard-fought battle that will save lives and get more drunk drivers off the road," said Wilkison. "Recognizing the Lt. Governor right before the Thanksgiving holidays is another way of reminding motorists not to drink and drive."

"The Texas law enforcement community has a real friend in David Dewhurst," said Wilkison.

CLEAT chose the Lt. Governor for this recognition because of his support for monumental DWI reform, strong law enforcement legislation, and measures supporting the rank and file officers.

Wilkison stated the Lt. Governor deserved the award anyway for his commitment to issues that protected Texas peace officers' rights to continue to do their job and protect Texas Communities.

"Texas law enforcement had a good legislative session. With the help of David Dewhurst, CLEAT was able to pass a majority of our legislative agenda," he said.

"David Dewhurst is a hero to Texas peace officers, and they will always remember those who support them and their families who sacrifice so much for their fellow citizens," said Wilkison.

CONTACT: Charley Wilkison, Political & Legislative Director of Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, +1-800-252-8153
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