Wichita Falls, TX -
The Texas Department of Transportation will increase DWI patrols through Fourth of July weekend.
Last year, more than 2.5 million Texans traveled state highways during the holiday weekend.
Of those drivers, more than a thousand were arrested for driving while under the influence, 15,000 speeding citations and 2,500 seat belt/child safety citations were issued.
Through July 7 DPS troopers will be expand its presence to catch any driver breaking the law. They will be particularly targeting impaired drivers.
DPS said a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation allows for them to increase patrols. There hope is with more troopers on the highway, it will deter drivers from getting behind the wheel drunk.
According to TXDOT, in 2014 more than a thousand people in Texas died in crashes involving a driver under the influence of alcohol.
Some advice for drivers who may have to do a little traveling:
- Make sure to always buckle up
- Eliminate distractions
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- If you plan to celebrate by drinking, have a designated driver.
- Give yourself time to travel.
DPS officials said troopers will patrol in high-risk locations at times area DWI crashes are most frequent.