Texas troopers keep promise to drunk drivers
A special enforcement program targeting impaired drivers during the
Christmas and New Year’s holidays was successful in removing more drunk
drivers off Texas roadways. Texas Highway Patrol troopers arrested 1,106
drivers across Texas for driving while intoxicated during the holiday
period from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1.
Of those arrests, 442 were made by troopers whose patrols were funded
through a Texas Department of Transportation grant targeting impaired
driving in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related
crashes occur most frequently.
“The special grant allowed us to stay
out on the road longer, and arrest more drunk drivers,” said David
Baker, Assistant Director for the Texas Highway Patrol. “We were able to
arrest 288 more people in 2010 than in 2009. As always, the Highway
Patrol urges you to designate a sober driver if you are going to drink
The $2 million special mobilization grant will run
throughout 2011, allowing DPS to have additional targeted DWI patrols
during Spring Break, Independence Day and Labor Day.