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DPS boosts DWI patrols for the July 4th holiday

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According to the Texas Department of Transportation Independence Day is traditionally one of the deadliest holidays on Texas roadways because of alcohol-related crashes.

As shoppers stock up on drinks for the Fourth of July holiday the Texas Department of Public safety wants you to remember that impaired driving can quickly turn a celebration into a tragedy.

DPS will be out in full force tomorrow and throughout the holiday weekend looking for people driving drunk.

Trooper Stephanie Davis says you should designate a sober driver before even starting any celebration that involves alcohol.

Davis also says beyond the fear of getting a ticket we need to look at other consequences of drunk driving.

We think about the arrests, we think about the crashes but we don't think about or we don't remember those people who were injured at no fault of their own," said Trooper Davis, "so I think that's something that we need to pay a little bit more attention to also."

During last years July 4th enforcement effort DPS troopers made almost 1,300 DWI arrests, gave out nearly 14,000 speeding tickets and more than 2,200 seat belt and child safety seat citations.

The increased patrols targeting impaired driving are funded through a grant from TxDOT.

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