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DPS arrest more than 1,400 motorists during holiday traffic enforcement period

Jan. 31, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.


Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested more than 1,400 motorists on suspicion of driving while intoxicated during a special enforcement period from Dec. 13 through Jan. 2.

A department spokesman said 17 of those arrests were in the Crossroads area.

"These enhanced patrols are designed to protect the lives of all travelers by taking impaired drivers off Texas roadways," said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

According to a DPS news release, funding from a Texas Department of Public Transportation grant allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during times when alcohol-related crashes were most frequent.

DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 24,800 speeding citations, 1,070 fugitive arrests, 2,960 seat belt and child safety seat citations and 790 felony arrests during the 21-day period.

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