DPS Steps Up DWI Patrols Ahead Of July Fourth Holiday

AUSTIN (June 27, 2014) The Texas Department of Public Safety launched an 11-day effort Friday to get drunken drivers off the road.

Texas state troopers will be out in force through July 7, focused on areas where alcohol-related crashes occur most often.

“During the holiday, DPS troopers will be performing increased patrols aimed at protecting all travelers and removing dangerous drivers from the road,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said.

The stepped-up effort funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation led to 1,124 DWI arrests during last year’s Fourth of July enforcement period.

Troopers also arrested 720 fugitives, made 602 felony arrests, issued more than 15,700 speeding tickets and about 2,400 seat belt or child safety seat citations.