FORT WORTH _ This is a warning to motorists in Texas who in the next few days will be driving too fast, not wearing their seat belts or driving drunk.
Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be out in force this Fourth of July holiday to stop you.
Increased DWI patrols will begin on Saturday and continue until July 8 throughout the state, particularly near lakes and recreation areas. Troopers also will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. from July 4 to July 8 where they will be watching out for seat belt violators and speeders.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the July 4th holiday ranks as number one nationally for alcohol-related fatal crashes.
Last summer, DPS troopers made 1,406 DWI arrests during the holiday.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 1,000 Texans are killed each year because of impaired drivers.
In addition last summer, troopers issued more than 21,300 speeding and seat belt violation citations and made more than 1,500 fugitive and felony arrests.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.