State Funds Program To Crack Down On Area Drunken Drivers

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KILLEEN (March 14, 2011)--An impaired driving mobilization program funded by the Texas Department of Transportation is intended to take drunken drivers off Central Texas streets and highways this month.

From March 12 to March 20, extra Department of Public Safety troopers will be on the road in Bell and McLennan Counties searching for drivers who may be under the influence.

Five of the troopers are drug recognition experts, and all 16 troopers involved are certified in standardized field sobriety testing.

By Monday night, troopers had made 31 arrests for DWI and had issued another 128 citations for other traffic violations.

During the first two days of the push, troopers issued 371 written warnings and made 21 arrests on outstanding warrants and for other criminal violations.

The objective of the program is to limit the number of alcohol-related crashes.

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