The Texas Department of Public Safety will be increasing patrols around both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The emphasis began Christmas eve and will continue through Sunday for the Christmas holiday. A news release notes patrolling troopers will be looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seal belt violators and other drivers who are endangering themselves and others on the state’s roadways. DPS Director Steven McCraw says that drinking and driving is always a concern during the holidays and he adds these DPS patrols help by identifying impaired or reckless drivers who endanger the safety of the traveling public. McCraw urges Texans to do their part to save lives by always driving sober and adhering to all traffic laws. During the Christmas New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 403 DWI arrests. They also issued 7,274 speeding citations, 724 seat belt child safety seat citations, made 292 fugitive arrests and 166 felony arrests.
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