More than a dozen agencies out in force over Memorial Day weekend

AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — Texas troopers — along with more than a dozen agencies — will be out in force over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend to catch drunken drivers and other traffic violators. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says operations like this have been successful in the past.

“644 people decided to put all of us at risk, and as a result of the hard work of these men and women behind you, we were able to get them before they hurt or killed somebody,” said Acevedo during a press conference for the launch of the “Arrive Alive” campaign.

Throughout the weekend, police will enforce a “No Refusal” initiative from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Public Safety says increased patrols begin Friday and run through Monday.

DPS troopers during the same period last year arrested 413 people for DWI, issued 5,439 speeding citations and handed out 1,053 seat belt and child safety restraint tickets. Troopers also cited 684 drivers for not having insurance.

Officers arrested 182 fugitives and made 168 felony arrests.

DPS will also be part of the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to encourage compliance with seat belt laws.

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