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DPS to increase DWI patrols for Spring Break

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The Department of Public Safety will increase patrols across the state during Spring Break in an effort to catch drunk drivers.

The increased patrols will take place from March 8 through March 17. Troopers will focus on high-risk locations when alcohol related crashes are most common. The patrols are possible because of a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

"Too frequently people choose to drink and drive during Spring Break, which is an extremely dangerous decision that often leads to senseless tragedy," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Getting impaired drivers off the roads during Spring Break is a major priority for the department, and we also urge the public to make responsible decisions, such as designating a non-drinking driver or finding alternative transportation if they are impaired."

In 2012 troopers made 1,000 DWI arrests. Approximately 300 of those arrests were the direct result of the increased patrols.

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