UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
Texas drivers should expect to see large numbers of troopers out on Texas roadways during the New Year’s holiday.
In addition to their traditional increased patrols for the New Year’s holiday, the Texas Highway Patrol will conduct focused DWI patrols across the state in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. These special DWI patrols are thanks to a TxDOT grant targeting impaired driving.
“We recommend that you designate a sober driver if you’re planning to consume any alcohol. Even one alcoholic beverage, under the right conditions, can seriously impair your driving—and the safety of those around you,” said David Baker, assistant director for the Texas Highway Patrol. “The holidays are no time to spend in jail, but we will arrest any driver who is impaired.”
During the New Year’s holiday last year, DPS troopers arrested 502 drivers for DWI and issued 12,697 speeding tickets and 1,012 safety restraint violations.
From Texas Department of Public Safety