During the Labor Day holiday DWI enforcement, the Texas Department of Public Safety made 1,700 arrests for allegedly driving drunk.

The state agency made 1,682 DWI arrests during the 18-day period of increased enforcement. DPS Highway patrol credited 218 of those arrested to the holiday patrols.

“Thanks to this Labor Day enforcement period, officers were able to remove impaired drivers from the highways and prevent potentially dangerous crashes,” DPS Director Steven McGraw said in a prepared statement.

Troopers also made 977 felony arrests, 1,223 fugitive arrests and wrote 24,440 speeding citations during the increased enforcement.

“DPS works every day to make Texas roadways safer for all travelers, and taking dangerous drivers off the road significantly improves our ability to achieve that goal,” McGraw stated.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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