El Paso, TX (KDBC) — With Spring Break just around the corner, local authorities want to keep our roads safe.
That's why the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols starting Friday, March 7 until March 23.
During that time, DPS Troopers will focus on DWI patrols in high risk locations at times when alcohol related crashes are most frequent.
During last year's Spring Break enforcement period, authorities made more than 1,000 DWI arrests, and approximately 226 were the direct result of the increased patrols funded by the grant. DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 11,400 speeding citations, 1,600 seat belt/child safety seat tickets and about 12,000 other citations. In addition, troopers made 552 fugitive arrests and 463 felony arrests during this time period.
DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Spring Break holiday:
· Slow down - especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
· Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices.
· Buckle up everyone in the vehicle - it's the law.
· Don't drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
· Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
· Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.
· Slow down or move over for tow trucks and police, fire, EMS and TxDOT vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated - it's the law.
· Avoid travel to Mexico