POSTED: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 12:35pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 11:32am
EL PASO — Texas Department of Public Safety will be having enhanced patrols on Texas Highways and Interstates helping keep drunk drivers off the road. State troopers also stress the importance of slowing down and switching lanes when an emergency vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road helping keep everyone safe. Failing to do so can result in a $200 fine.
As holiday travelers are driving on Texas roads, so are State Troopers keeping an eye out for drunk drivers over the holidays.
Texas Department of Public Safety said the number of drunk drivers last year throughout the state was quite high but enhanced patrols have gotten a lot of those drivers off the road and in handcuffs.
"We enhance patrols ultimately to save lives and prevent tragedies from occurring," said State Trooper Elizabeth Barney.
Barney said last year throughout the state there was over 1,100 arrests for DWI and 350 of those arrests were a direct results of enhanced patrols.
With increased traffic on Texas roads due to travelers, the Department of Public Safety wants to make sure tragedies don't occur.
"During the holiday season there are several hundred thousand people on the roadways and they're just trying to get home to their families, we encourage people to practice safety," Barney said.
Barney also stressed the importance of keeping those pulled over on the side of the road safe as well.
"We really want to drive home the point of motorists slowing down or moving over for stationary emergency vehicles," Barney added.
Doing so will not only help prevent deaths of police officers being killed in the line of duty but motorists that have been pulled over.
If they don't comply with the law, it can result in a fine of $200 with added charges if someone dies or is injured.