AUSTIN (KXAN) — Area police want you to know they will be adding extra patrols for the Fourth of July.
From Friday at 6 AM through Sunday at 6 PM, police will run their traffic initiative called “Arrive Alive Central Texas.”
Last year’s Fourth of July weekend saw no deaths and Austin Police hope to maintain that number this year.
There were however, 104 people were arrested for DWIs and three serious injury crashes during that time.
As a reminder, Austin Police wants anyone who will be on the roads this weekend to slow down.
“Slow down! Make sure you plan accordingly for your trips so you don’t have to rush anywhere,” said APD Lieutenant Robert Richmond. “Our number one focus is going to be on DWIs. We know a lot of people go out, they enjoy the holiday, but we want you to do it safely. Get a designated driver and have somebody there for you.”
Austin Police will also focus on enforcing Austin’s new texting while driving ban.
Austin and its surrounding areas have experienced a sharp spike in the number of traffic-related deaths. The biggest factors contributing to these deaths are driver/pedestrian impairment, speeding and aggressive driving.