The Edinburg Police Department has increased patrol efforts this holiday season to keep drunk drivers off City roadways. They join thousands of law enforcement agencies from across Texas who will work thousands of extra hours this month to help keep people safe. If Edinburg Police Officers suspect a driver has been drinking, the driver will be pulled over and can expect to get arrested. Edinburg has a zero tolerance to driving under the influence.

Edinburg Police Chief David White encourages drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel.

“The person under the influence may believe their condition is unnoticeable, but they should remember that our officers are training to detect this sort of thing so if you drink and drive in Edinburg you will get arrested,” White said.

The crackdown periods runs through January 3 in an effort to prevent alcohol-related traffic accidents. Last year statewide there were 2,374 during the holiday season and 102 were fatal. While there were no alcohol-related accidents in Edinburg, officers did make 21 DWI arrests and issued 1,965 tickets. Of those 550 were for speed, 185 red light/stop signs violations, 31 for cell phone violations, and 1,199 for other violations. There were also 258 other arrests.

The increased patrols are funded through a Texas Department of Transportation grant awarded to law enforcement agencies to help keep roadways safe. TxDOT encourages Texans to plan ahead this holiday season. Planning ahead by either not drinking, finding an alternative ride or designating a driver could save a life while also protecting drivers from overwhelming legal and financial troubles.