11 Day Increased Patrol

The holidays are a dangerous time to be on the road, and officials say the fourth of July holiday is the deadliest one of the year.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the fourth of July is more dangerous than New Year's Day.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is on heavy patrol, hoping to make Texans think twice before drinking and driving

They are increasing patrols for an 11 day period.

It started June 27th and will run through July 7th.

Troopers are encouraging drivers to designate a sober driver or find other ways to get around this weekend.

Last year at this time, DPS Troopers made 1,124 DWI arrests, and 173 of those were the result of increased patrols.

They also issued 15,700 speeding citations over those 11 days.

Troopers will be at high risk locations here in town, where alcohol-related crashes happen the most.

According to DPS, there are also more than 700 fugitive arrests during that time.

The increased patrols are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

According to state statistics, approximately every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in an alcohol-related crash.

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