AUSTIN (June 25, 2013)--The Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols here and throughout the state for ten days beginning Friday ahead of Independence Day.
High-risk locations will be targeted at times when alcohol-related crashes are the most common, DPS said.
Troopers made 1, 294 DWI arrests over the Independence Day holiday period in 2012.
"The Fourth of July is a time of celebration in our country and we encourage Texans to enjoy and mark this holiday responsibly," DPS Director Steven McCraw said.
According to DPS, the 4th of July ranks among the deadliest holiday periods of alcohol-related crashes on state highways.
"Impaired driving can quickly turn a time of celebration into a tragedy, so Texans should designate a sober driver or secure another form of transportation if they plan to drink alcohol," McCraw said.