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More Than 1,100 Texas DWI Arrests Over Holidays

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A police officer adminsters a breathalizer test to a woman that was stopped by officers at a DUI checkpoint. (credit: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

A police officer adminsters a breathalizer test to a woman that was stopped by officers at a DUI checkpoint. (credit: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

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AUSTIN (AP) – Texas troopers arrested more than 1,100 drivers in a DWI crackdown during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. That number is almost 300 more than a year ago.

The Department of Public Safety on Friday announced results of the special enforcement program.

DPS says 1,106 people were arrested from December 21 to January 1 on charges of driving while intoxicated.

The agency says 442 of those arrests were made by troopers whose patrols were funded through a $2 million Texas Department of Transportation grant that runs through this year.

The money is used for enforcement actions that target impaired driving in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes happen most frequently.

The funding will allow DPS to have additional targeted DWI patrols during spring break, July Fourth and Labor Day.

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