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DPS Plans DWI Crackdown Over Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Texas troopers will increase patrols over the upcoming Labor Day Holiday weekend. DPS will be cracking down on drunken drivers and other traffic violators.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the enhanced enforcement period begins this Friday and runs through Labor Day next Monday. 

“Last year we arrested 488 DWI offenders during this 2015 Labor Day holiday period, and issued over 85-hundred speeding citations,” said Lt. Craig Cummings with the Houston DPS office.
 
Troopers also issued over a thousand seat belt and child safety seat citations and over a thousand citations for drivers not having insurance. Texas troopers also made 278 fugitive arrests and 224 felony arrests.

Inevitably, there are deaths on the road during long holiday weekends. Cummings says it never gets easier to knock on the door of next-of-kin to deliver bad news.

“Every time I go do that, I think that people know why I’m there. And as much as I have done it, I used to think that it would get easier, and to be honest with you, the older I get and the more years in this job that I have, the harder it becomes,” Cummings said.   
 
DPS Director Steven McCraw also urges drivers to obey traffic laws and to find other transportation if they plan to drink alcohol.

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