AUSTIN (October 8, 2013)—State troopers made nearly 1,700 driving-while-intoxicated arrests during an 18-day a special enforcement period that included Labor Day weekend, the Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday.
The additional patrol hours were funded by a Texas Department of Transportation grant.
Officials say DPS troopers made 1,682 DWI arrests during the enforcement effort, including 218 arrests as a direct result of the increased patrols.
DPS troopers also issued about 24,440 speeding citations, more than 3,540 seat belt-child safety seat citations and made 1,223 fugitive arrests and 977 felony arrests during the increased enforcement period from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.
“Thanks to this Labor Day enforcement period, officers were able to remove impaired drivers from highways and prevent potentially deadly crashes,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.