DPS Troopers Arrest Drunk Drivers During Enforcement Period

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety made more than 1,000 DWI arrests during a special enforcement period, including the 4


of July.

Troopers were in full force during the 11 day period between June 27


and July 7



DPS Director Steve McCraw said, “Impaired drivers are a danger to themselves and other travelers across the state, and DPS troopers are dedicated to helping prevent deadly crashes by getting dangerous drivers off the road.

McCraw explained the holiday patrols are aimed at saving lives and encouraging safe driving.

DPS Highway Patrol troopers made 1,051 DWI arrests during the enforcement period.  Of those arrests, 219 were the direct result of a Texas Department of Transportation grant, which allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during times when alcohol related crashes are most frequent.

DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,000 speeding citations, more than 2,500 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 626 fugitive arrests, and 554 felony arrests.