POSTED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:48am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 12:32pm
Austin, Texas (KETK) — Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers made more than 1,100 DWI arrests during a 10-day special enforcement period, which included the July 4th holiday. The DWI enforcement effort from June 28 – July 7 included funding from a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant.
“These patrols are aimed at taking drunk drivers off Texas roadways and protecting the lives of all travelers,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The men and women of the Texas Highway Patrol dedicate their careers to keeping our communities safe, and I’m certain troopers prevented potentially deadly crashes by removing these dangerous drivers from our roads.”
DPS Highway Patrol troopers made 1,124 DWI arrests during the July 4th enforcement effort. The TxDOT grant allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent, which directly resulted in 173 of the arrests.
DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,700 speeding citations, more than 2,400 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 720 fugitive arrests, and 602 felony arrests during this time period.