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Texas state troopers have their eye on you for holiday weekend

Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing enforcement efforts for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing enforcement efforts for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. AP

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will beef up enforcement by partnering with local and county law enforcement agencies across the state for the July 4 weekend.

Law enforcement will increase patrols and look out for drunk drivers, speeding, seat belt scofflaws and distracted and aggressive driving.

"Troopers will be out making sure the motoring public will be safe this holiday weekend," said Sgt. Lonny Haschel, Texas DPS spokesman. “We want to reduce injuries and fatalities across the state to make it a safe weekend.”

During the 2015 Independence Day enforcement period, DPS Troopers made 496 DWI arrests, issued 7,211 speeding citations, 1,156 seat belt or child safety seat citations and 1,007 no insurance citations.

“During the holiday weekend, Troopers will be on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers; and anyone who plans to drink alcohol should also plan to take alternate transportation or designate a sober driver,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw in a press release.

A total of 960 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol in 2015, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, accounting for 27 percent of last year’s traffic fatalities.

Dylan Bradley: 817-390-7984, @dbradley1220

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