Texas, You Got Your Drink On: 1,400 DWI Arrests Over the Fourth of July Week

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More than 1,400 learn a hard lesson.
Texas, you know how to drink. You apparently just don't know when not to drive.

The Department of Public Safety has released the stats for its DWI crackdown for the week surrounding the Fourth of July, and they're impressive: 1,406 arrests were made across the state.

Of those, 575 came about because a TxDOT grant paid for troopers to work OT, something we're sure the drivers are happy about.

"With the additional grant funding, our troopers stayed on the roads longer and made more arrests. I'm certain that we prevented some potentially serious crashes by putting intoxicated drivers in jail," said David Baker, assistant director for DPS's Highway Patrol.

The DPS numbers, of course, don't include the many arrests made by local jurisdictions, lots of whom set up no-refusal checkpoints and stepped-up enforcement.

If you didn't get nabbed this time, don't lose heart: The same extra staffing is planned for Labor Day. We know 1,400 is a big hill to climb, but we have every confidence Texas will do its part. Sadly.



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What local jurisdictions set up no-refusal checkpoints? DWI checkpoints have been prohibited since a court ruling in 1994, at less something has changed in the last House Session when it was last considered. 


Great job to the DPS officers out there keeping us safe.  And thank you to the DD for contributing to the economy - the avg DWI costs about $15,000 in bail, attorney, court cost, probation, ignition interlock fees, etc.  If you would rather keep that money for yourself, then make the choice NOT to drive after your drink....pretty simple solution


Way to go Troopers.  Keep up the good work.  Stay after them and stay safe.

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