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DPS Troopers Issue 25,000 Citations During Spring Break

Troopers arrest more than 1,000 for DWI during Spring Break

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    The Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday that state troopers issued 25,000 tickets and made more than 1,000 arrests for suspicion of driving while intoxicated during the Spring Break special enforcement period.

    The period ran from March 8-17 and included additional patrol hours funded by a Texas Department of Transportation grant.

    "With Texas' status as a popular Spring Break destination, DPS is always concerned about drinking and driving during that time," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "These DWI patrols, without a doubt, help save lives, and we are grateful for the troopers who work every day to keep our roads safe."

    The DPS said in a news release that "of the 1,077 arrests, 226 were a direct result of the increased patrols. The TxDOT grant allowed troopers to focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are the most frequent."

    The grant and increased enforcement also resulted in more than 11,400 speeding tickets being issued, 1,600 seat belt/child safety seat tickets being issued and 12,000 other tickets being issued.

    In addition, troopers made 552 fugitive arrests and 463 felony arrests during this time period.