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Saftey first this spring break

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 10:49pm

Spring break began this weekend for many, and while it is a time to relax and have fun, it is also important students and children stay safe. Many law enforcement agencies are beefing up their patrol this week, looking not only for drunk drivers on the roads, but also on the water. Each year, the Department of Public Safety amps up patrol to limit the number of alcohol related spring break crashes.

"I can definitely see them cracking down harder," said University of Texas at Tyler student Garrett Dupree. "But even if they crack down I'm still going to party and I'm still going to drink."

Last year, DPS arrested more than a thousand people for DWI's (Drinking While Intoxicated) and issued nearly 12,000 speeding tickets. And that is just on the roads, drinking while operating a boat is just as serious as drinking and driving.

"Operators on a vessel are responsible for themselves and everybody on board," said Game Warden Dustin Dockery. "The operator can not be intoxicated and that is called boating while intoxicated it carries the same range of punishment and penalties as driving while intoxicated."

KETK spoke with students at both Tyler Junior College and UT Tyler who all seem to agree that even though they say students will still party, they should be responsible.

"Don't drink at drive," Dupree said. "I wouldn't drink and drive. Be responsible about it."

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