You'd Better Watch Out: DPS is in Town

Drivers on the roads are under additional scrutiny this week. The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing the amount of patrols over the holiday. Laurie Johnson has more.
DPS Troopers aren't just looking for drunk drivers around Christmas and New Year's.

"They'll be looking for speeders, drunk drivers, people who are not wearing their safety belts and people who are driving aggressively."

That's Lisa Block, spokeswoman for Texas DPS. She says extra patrol units will be on the roads starting tomorrow, going through the weekend and then again on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

"This time of year people are in a rush. They're possibly tired; they're trying to get to their destination. Plus there's just a large amount of drivers on the road. So we really ramp up the number of troopers that we have in order to stop the people who are driving dangerously."

Last year over the Christmas and New Year holiday, Texas troopers issued 28,000 citations and 14,000 warnings.

DPS officials says statistics indicate tickets and drunk driving arrests double during the holiday enforcement periods.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...