TX troopers watching for holiday DWI, speeders

December 22, 2009 7:24:01 AM PST
Texas troopers will be out in force over the long Christmas and New Year's weekends to help keep travelers safe. The Department of Public Safety on Tuesday said troopers will concentrate on drivers who may be intoxicated, speeders and people not wearing seat belts.

All available troopers will be on patrol from Thursday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 27, and again on Thursday, Dec. 31 through Sunday, Jan. 3.

DPS troopers during the 2008 Christmas period arrested 651 drivers for DWI and issued 15,400 speeding tickets and 2,580 safety restraint violations. The New Year's holiday period resulted in 304 drivers arrested for DWI. Troopers issued 5,173 speeding tickets and 912 safety restraint violations.