AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase trooper patrols this Memorial Day weekend to help ensure the safety of Texas roadways. During the increased patrols Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, troopers will be looking for drunk drivers, and speeding, seat belt and other traffic violators statewide.

“DPS urges Texans to celebrate Memorial Day responsibly as they honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Keeping our roadways safe for all travelers is a top priority for the department, and troopers will be watching for dangerous drivers who disregard the law and endanger the lives of others.”

Last year during the Memorial Day weekend, DPS troopers arrested 413 drunk drivers and issued 5,439 speeding citations, 1,053 seat belt and child safety restraint tickets, and cited 684 drivers for driving without insurance. Additionally, troopers made 182 fugitive arrests and 168 felony arrests.

DPS will also be participating in the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to encourage drivers and passengers to comply with state seat belt laws.