Department of Public Safety state troopers will increase patrols during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in an effort to make travel safer on Texas roads.

Of special concern, is drinking and driving during the holidays.

Troopers also will focus on speeders and seat belt violators. All available troopers will be on patrol from Dec. 24-28 and again Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays last year, DPS troopers issued a total of 28,000 citations and 14,000 warnings, including 919 DWI arrests, 19,612 speeding tickets and 3,379 safety restraint violations. DPS statistics suggest tickets and drunken driving arrests by troopers double during holiday enforcement periods.

“The best present you can give to yourself and your loved ones is to make sure you arrive safely at your holiday destination — most traffic deaths are preventable,” said interim DPS Director Stanley E. Clark. “We feel our efforts, in conjunction with increased enforcement from other agencies, will make the holidays just a little bit safer. DPS prefers voluntary compliance, but we write citations and arrest drunk drivers to save lives.”

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