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News Release

April 28, 2014

DPS Arrests 1,300 Drunk Drivers During Spring Break

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers made more than 1,300 DWI arrests during a Spring Break special enforcement period this year. The targeted DWI enforcement from March 7 – March 23 included additional patrol hours funded by a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant.

“Every year Texas is a top destination for students and families during Spring Break, and the potential for increased incidents of drinking and driving during that time is a primary concern for DPS,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Our troopers work every day to keep Texas roadways safe for all travelers, and these DWI patrols are aimed at saving lives by taking dangerous drivers off the road.”  

DPS Highway Patrol troopers made 1,374 DWI arrests during the Spring Break enforcement effort. The TxDOT grant allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent, which directly resulted in 170 of the arrests.

These DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 18,826 speeding citations, 3,266 seat belt/child safety seat tickets and more than 23,400 other citations. In addition, troopers made 848 fugitive arrests and 713 felony arrests during this time period.

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