The Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols for a 10-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. From June 28 – July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. During the 2012 July 4th enforcement effort, DPS troopers made 1,294 DWI arrests–361 of those arrests were the direct result of the increased patrols. DPS enforcement also resulted in nearly 13,700 speeding citations, more than 2,200 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 750 fugitive arrests, and 518 felony arrests during this period.
According to TxDOT, Independence Day traditionally ranks among the deadliest holiday periods on Texas highways as a result of alcohol-related crashes.