WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Thousands of tickets are expected to be written out for the Fourth of July holiday weekend through Wednesday morning. According to the Department of Public Safety, state troopers will have an increased presence on highways as Americans patriotically celebrate their freedom. However, some of those travelers celebrating will unfortunately do so while not buckling up, speeding, or drinking while driving.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said alcohol is the biggest concern during the holiday, and they're urging everyone in the Lone Star State to plan accordingly when it comes to transportation. TDPS said last year, 85,267 tickets and warnings were issued and 601 DWI arrests were made.
"When you're in law enforcement or fire services, you have to work on all holidays," said Sheriff Duke.
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke and his deputies will be out and active for the Fourth. Sheriff Duke said that while they don't enjoy writing out tickets, their job is to enforce the law and make the holiday safe for everyone involved.
"It's to make sure that everybody is keeping right, and people are not driving intoxicated or setting fires or leaving their trash dumped everywhere. That's another thing: you've got to pick up your garbage," said Sheriff Duke.
AAA Texas estimates more than 3.2 million people across Texas will travel during the Fourth of July weekend. They also anticipate travel to be up by as much as 5.9 percent from the previous year. On top of that, AAA also estimates that more than 38,000 motorists nationwide will need to be rescued during the extended holiday weekend.