DPS encourages drivers to continue to be safe on roads after holiday

ROBERT: WITH THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY FALLING MID-WEEK, THERE'S A CHANCE THE CELEBRATIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE COMING WEEKEND KXAN'S WES RAPAPORT SPOKE TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ABOUT INCREASED PATROLS

AND TROOPERS WANT TO GET THE WORD OUT SGT ROBBIE BARRERA/TEXAS HIGHWAY PATROL HIGH VISIBILITY, ALL AVAILABLE TROOPERS OUT, DURING THOSE HIGH TRAFFIC PERIODS WES: YOU'LL LIKLEY SEE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY THROUGHOUT THIS FOURTH OF JULY WEEK SGT ROBBIE BARRERA/TEXAS HIGHWAY PATROLEVEN THOUGH YOU'RE OFF AND ENJOYING THE SUMMER AND THE REST OF THE WEEK, HIGHWAY PATROL ALONG WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE STILL OUT THERE WES: LOOK AT THE TRENDS FROM RECENT YEARS–(GFX)DPS ISSUED OVER 10- THOUSAND áMORE CITATIONS AND WARNINGS LAST YEAR THAN THE YEAR BEFORE WHILE ARRESTING 72 FEWER PEOPLE FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

THE AGENCY SAYS IT MAY TAKE AT LEAST A MONTH TO COMPILE THIS YEAR'S DATA– SO NO WORD YET ON 2018 STATISTICSDPS SERGEANT ROBBIE BARRERA SAYS SHE HOPES PUBLIC AWARENESS CONTRIBUTES TO LOWER ARREST NUMBERS FOR DRINKING AND DRIVING SGT ROBBIE BARRERA/TEXAS HIGHWAY PATROL THERE'S ALSO SOME NEW TRIENDS LIKE UBER AND LYFT AND OUR TAXICABS, OR PLANNING A SAFE RIDE HOME HOPING THAT PEOPLE WILL TAKE THAT ADVICE, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT HAS DONE THAT WES: TROOPERS URGE DRIVERS TO PLAN FOR TRAFFIC DELAYS, BUCKLE UP, AND LIMIT DISTRACTIONS IN THE CAR – THOSE RING TRUE NO MATTER áWHAT TIME OF YEAR IT IS

SGT ROBBIE BARRERA/TEXAS HIGHWAY PATROLIT JUST TAKES THAT ONE TIME THAT YOU SHOULD'VE PLANEND AHEAD AND HAD A SOBER DESIGNATED DRIVER DON'T LET THAT BE YOUR REALITY I CAN ONLY IMAGINE BEING INVOLVED IN A CRASH WHERE YOU ACTUALLY TOOK THE LIFE OF AN INNOCENT PERSON

WES RAPAPORT, KXAN NEWS ROBERT: IN 2016 INDEPENDENCE DAY CAME ON A MONDAY, SO NUMBERS MIGHT BE A LITTLE HIGHER THAT YEAR COMPARED TO LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR – WHEN THE HOLIDAY LANDED

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