Staff Report

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.