DPS to step up enforcement for week of July 4
WESLACO, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Be careful this weekend on Texas highways. The Department of Public Safety is increasing its presence on the roads.
The Texas DPS said it will focus on areas likely to have drunk drivers. It will hold the increased enforcement for a ten day period around July 4.
The department issued nearly 1,300 DWI arrests last year, and more than a quarter of those came on crackdown periods like this week.
"We're focusing DWI patrol to target high-risk areas involving alcohol related crashes," said DPS spokesperson Maria Hernandez. "We urge the public to designate a sober driver, if not to secure another form of transportation to avoid having an alcohol-related crash."
On Texas roadways last year, 1,170 people died because of drunk drivers.