Wichita Falls, TX - The Texas Department of Transportation is beefing up patrols this Spring Break to keep drunk drivers of roads.
Since last week, DPS troopers have been in full force, ready to crackdown on any drivers disobeying state law.
DPS said drivers who disregard the law and choose to drive drunk not only put themselves at risk, but other passengers as well.
In 2013, the latest statistics given out by the Texas Department of Transportation shows 1,089 people were killed in traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. To stay out of harms way this spring break, DPS has the following advice:
- Slow down -- when driving in bad weather, around highway construction, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, such as your cell phone or any other device.
- Remember to buckle up- always wear a seat belt.
- If tired when driving, pull over and get some rest. also, allow for enough time to get to your intended destination so that you are not in a rush.
- Be on the defense when driving because with extra drivers on the road its never a bad idea to be cautious of your surroundings.
- Move into other lanes when tow trucks, police, fire, EMS or TxDOT vehicles are off to the side of the road assisting other drivers.
Last year, DPS made 1,389 DWI arrests, issued 18,886 speeding tickets, just over 3,343 seat belt or child safety seat tickets and more than 23,600 other citations. DPS also arrested 861 fugitive arrests and 728 felony arrests.
Throughout March 22, DPS said it will focus on DWI patrols in high risk locations during times that alcohol related crashes are most prevalent.