DPS has increased DWI patrols throughout Texas since August 19 and will continue these increased patrols through September 9, which includes the Labor Day holiday weekend. DPS troopers and surrounding law enforcement officers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. The enhanced patrols that target impaired drivers are funded through a grant from TxDOT. During the Labor Day enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 1,879 DWI arrests, and approximately 503 of those were the direct result of the increased patrols.
DPS is working toward a deathless day in the state of Texas. The last deathless day due to a traffic accident was in November of 2000, almost 13 years ago.
“Keeping Texas roadways safe for all travelers is a vital concern for DPS, and these increased patrols are designed to save lives by getting intoxicated drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The Department urges drivers to mark the Labor Day holiday responsibly by utilizing safe driving practices and not drinking and driving.”
Harris and Montgomery County agencies came together Thursday afternoon as the Labor Day holiday begins.