• December 19, 2014

DPS reports fewer holiday arrests this year

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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:45 pm

TEMPLE — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers made fewer arrests during this year’s Fourth of July enforcement period than in both 2013 and 2012, according to a news release Tuesday.

Troopers arrested 1,051 individuals this year from June 27 to July 7 for driving while intoxicated, while arrests in 2013 totaled 1,124.

In 2012 more than 1,200 DWI arrests were made.

Of the 2014 arrests for DWI, 219 directly resulted from a Texas Department of Transportation grant that allowed DPS to increase patrols in high-risk locations during the time periods when alcohol-related accidents usually increase. Troopers arrested 173 individuals directly as a result of the program in 2013.

In the 2012 arrests, 361 directly resulted from the increased patrols, according to DPS documentation.

During the 2014 time period, troopers also issued fewer speeding citations, seat belt/child safety seat citations and had fewer fugitive and felony arrests.

The special holiday patrols are aimed at saving lives and encouraging safe driving practices, DPS Director Steven McCraw wrote.

In 2014 more than 15,000 speeding tickets and 2,500 seat belt/child safety seat tickets were issued. A total of 626 fugitives were arrested and 564 felons were arrested in 2014.

However, more arrests were made in 2014 for citations and felony arrests than in 2012.

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