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FOX 7 rides along with APD as they prepare for Arrive Alive

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The Austin Police Department will be out in force this 4th of July weekend making sure drivers are staying safe.

APD says last 4th of July, there were 216 crashes and 104 people arrested for DWI.

Arrive Alive Central Texas is made up of 22 area law enforcement agencies.

They say it's meant to educate the public on the dangers of unsafe driving. That includes drunk driving, speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, you name it.

Thursday afternoon, we took a ride with APD officer Clay Goddard.

He's been working highway enforcement for 2 and a half years.

He says MOPAC is a trouble spot right now because of the 55 speed limit...it's so low because construction workers lives are on the line.

Goddard issued several tickets there during our ride-along Thursday. He says Arrive Alive is an important thing.

"It's important to save lives. Obviously we don't want people drinking and driving. We've all seen or I've seen the effects of drinking and driving, driving aggressively. All it does is create hazards for you and your family and whoever else is on the roadway just because you want to get somewhere in a hurry or you didn't want to take a cab or didn't make good decisions," Goddard said.

This weekend's Arrive Alive begins at 6 a.m. Friday morning and lasts through Sunday night at 6 p.m.

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