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DPS Increases Patrols Over Memorial Day Weekend

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    Texas DPS State Trooper on patrol.

    More Texas troopers will be on patrol as part of the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    DPS on Tuesday announced the increased patrols will include officers on the lookout for drunken drivers and other safety issues.

    Texas troopers during the 2013 Memorial Day period arrested 460 people for driving while intoxicated, issued 5,036 speeding citations, wrote more than 800 seat belt and child safety restraint tickets and cited 698 people for driving without insurance.

    Troopers also arrested 281 fugitives and 186 suspects wanted on felony warrants.

    This year's increased-patrol effort begins Friday and runs through Monday. DPS is also part of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign through June 1 to make sure drivers and all passengers are wearing seat belts -- as required by Texas law.