Updated: 3/07 6:01 pm
DPS Increases Spring Break Patrols
Thankfully, the airport will be open for one of the biggest travel weeks of the year, spring break. Many students will be ditching the books for the beaches over the spring break holiday, and even though Victoria isn't a popular destination, many of those party-goers will still be crossing our paths to head south, some of them not so sober.
Spring breakers won't be the only ones flooding Texas highway. DPS troopers will stepping up their patrols starting Friday. With the beaches and bikinis that usually accompany spring break, so does the booze and as a yearly precaution, the Texas Department of Public Safety is stepping-up patrols to keep those intoxicated drivers off the streets. Trooper Gerald Bryant said even though Victoria isn't a big destination for many spring breakers, that won’t stop them speeding through our city but he said intoxicated drivers aren't the only concern. The number of speeding and seat belt tickets handed out during spring break also increase. He said during this time, drivers can never be too cautious.
Trooper Bryant said they believe this spring break will be similar to last years and that the increase in patrols will start this Friday and will continue until Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th. DPS said last year, the increase in patrols also helped them execute more than 500 fugitive arrests and more than 400 felony arrests.
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