All available Department of Public Safety troopers will be on patrol during the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to make Texas roadways safe for the traveling public.

“If you are a drunk driver, speeder or seat belt violator, your chances of getting caught go up dramatically on holiday weekends because of the additional enforcement by DPS and other police agencies,” said interim DPS Director Lamar Beckworth. “With warm weather and summer almost here, alcohol use is a major concern.”

During the Memorial Day holiday last year, DPS troopers arrested 553 drunken drivers and wrote nearly 6,500 speeding tickets. In addition, 1,930 seat belt and 353 child restraint citations were issued.

DPS troopers are among the many officers across Texas participating in Click It or Ticket, a national campaign aimed at increasing the number of people who use their seat belts correctly, especially teenagers. A seat belt dramatically increases the chance of survival in a serious crash. DPS has a zero-tolerance policy for seat belt violators.

DPS also is a participant in Operation CARE – Combined Accident Reduction Effort – a nationwide effort by police agencies to reduce fatalities during holidays.