1,100 drunken drivers arrested during July 4 enforcement
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Department of Public Safety arrested more than 1,100 people on drunken driving charges during a 10-day special enforcement period, which included the July 4th holiday.
The DWI enforcement effort ran from June 28 to July 7.
“These patrols are aimed at taking drunk drivers off Texas roadways and protecting the lives of all travelers,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw in a prepared statement released Thursday.
DPS Highway Patrol troopers made 1,124 DWI arrests during the July 4th enforcement effort.
A Texas Department of Transportation grant allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent, which directly resulted in 173 of the arrests, DPS officials said.
DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,700 speeding citations, more than 2,400 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 720 fugitive arrests, and 602 felony arrests during this time period.
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