The Texas Department of Public Safety has increased driving-while-intoxicated patrols for the Fourth of July holiday through Monday, July 7, as DPS troopers focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, DPS urges Texans to do their part to help keep our roadways safe during the holiday,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Individuals should always designate a sober driver or find other means of transportation if they plan to drink alcohol. During the holiday, DPS troopers will be performing increased patrols aimed at protecting all travelers and removing dangerous drivers from the road.”
The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. During last year’s enforcement effort, DPS troopers made 1,124 DWI arrests, and 173 of those arrests were the direct result of increased patrols and it also resulted in 720 fugitive arrests, 602 felony arrests, more than 15,700 speeding citations and more than 2,400 seat belt and child safety seat citations.
According to state statistics, approximately every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in an alcohol-related crash.
For alternative transportation options, visit www.SoberRides.org.
In addition, Brazos River Authority lake rangers and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens will be patrolling the lake.
Boating while intoxicated carries the same penalties as DWI.
Boaters can have alcohol in the boat — the open container law does not apply to boats — but there must be a designated operator who is not impaired.