DPS on high alert for the 4th of July

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Updated: 7/03/2012 10:12 pm
It is no holiday for lawmen patrolling the streets and highways. All available officers will be deployed to keep a watchful eye on motorists through the week and this weekend.

DPS Corporal John Gonzales said the increased enforcement is a collaborative effort nationwide during a busy 4th of July holiday week.

"Slow down and buckle up,” Corporal Gonzales said. “Obviously don't drink and drive, this is the main issue that we see during the holiday periods."

He said if you do drink please make those wise choices.

“Get a designated driver that hasn't been drinking or make some other means of transportation to get around not involving drinking and driving," Corporal Gonzales said.

During the holiday weekend last year Texas DPS troopers made more than 1,400 DWI arrests, issued nearly 18,000 speeding citations, and gave out 3300 tickets for seat belt and child safety seat violations.

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