Did You Get Nabbed During DPS's July 4 Crackdown? Join the Crowd
Handing out the tickets
The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the results from its July 4 crackdown on DWI and traffic tickets, and as usual it resulted in a blizzard of paper.
DPS troopers made more than 1,200 DWI arrests in a nine-day special enforcement period surrounding the holiday, when stepped-up patrols were on the roads looking for violators.
The agency says 361 of the 1,262 DWI arrests during the July 4 enforcement effort "were a direct result of the increased patrols," with the others just coming as some lagniappe off the drunken patriotic-party tree.
"DWI enforcement by our State Troopers made Texas roads safer and undoubtedly saved lives during this year's July 4 holiday," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "We are grateful for the men and women of our Texas Highway Patrol who work every day to keep our communities safe."
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DPS patrolled areas where historically the highest number of alcohol-related crashes have occurred on holidays. Of course, they didn't just settle for DWI -- the crackdown also included "nearly 13,700 speeding citations, more than 2,200 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 695 fugitive arrests and 499 felony arrests during this time period," DPS said.