DPS Increasing DWI Patrols for July 4th Holiday
AUSTIN, June 26, 2015 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 12-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. From June 26 – July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“As Texans make their plans for the Fourth of July, DPS is urging everyone to enjoy the holiday responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Driving while impaired can have deadly consequences, so Texans who plan to drink alcohol should always designate a sober driver or choose alternate forms of transportation. During the holiday, DPS troopers will be increasing patrols to help keep travelers safe and take dangerous drivers off the road.”
During the 2014 July 4th enforcement period, DPS troopers made more than 1,050 DWI arrests during the enforcement period. Of those arrests, 219 were the direct result of a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant, which allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. During the same period, DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,000 speeding citations and more than 2,500 seat belt/child safety seat citations.
According to TxDOT, in 2014 more than 1,000 people in Texas were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 29 percent of the year’s total traffic fatalities.