Fri January 7, 2011
DPS Makes More Than 1,100 Holiday DWI Arrests, 35 Percent Increase
The Texas Department of Public Safety says it arrested 1,106 impaired drivers over the holidays. That's a 35 percent increase over last year's 818 arrests.
DPS partially credits a Texas Department of Transportation grant targeting high risk locations for the increase. Of this year's arrests, 442 were made in areas where drunken driving accidents were statistically more likely to occur.
The $2 million grant will fund increased patrols throughout 2011, meaning more troopers will be on patrol during Spring Break, Independence Day, and Labor Day.