Holidays Were A Little Too Merry For 1,400 Drivers In Texas

AUSTIN (January 31, 2014) Texas Department of Public Safety troopers made 1,490 DWI arrests during a 21-day enforcement effort from Dec. 13 to Jan. 2, the DPS said Friday.

The stepped-up enforcement effort was funded by a Texas Department of Transportation grant.

“These enhanced patrols are designed to protect the lives of all travelers by taking impaired drivers off Texas roadways,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

“The holidays are packed with celebrations, which means an increased potential for drinking and driving, and I’m confident DPS efforts helped prevent potentially deadly crashes.”

State troopers also issued more than 24,800 speeding citations, 2,960 citations for seat belt or child safety seat violations, arrested 1,070 fugitives and made 790 felony arrests during the three-week enforcement period, the DPS said Friday.