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A police official conducts a field sobriety test at a DUI traffic checkpoint on June 4, 2007. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) - Texas troopers have made nearly 1,700 driving-while-intoxicated arrests in a special enforcement period that included Labor Day weekend.

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday announced results of the anti-drunken driving push over an 18-day period.

Additional patrol hours were funded by a Texas Department of Transportation grant. Officials say DPS troopers made 1,682 DWI arrests during the enforcement effort, including 218 arrests as a direct result of the increased patrols.

DPS troopers also issued about 24,440 speeding citations, more than 3,540 seat belt-child safety seat citations and made 1,223 fugitive arrests and 977 felony arrests.

The increased enforcement period began Aug. 16 and ran through Sept. 2.

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