Police efforts causing DWI declines: Department uses grant to deter high risk behaviors

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HARLINGEN — There were only five DWI arrests made between Dec. 18 and Jan. 3.

During a time, the holidays, when one would expect a rash of DWI related incidents, there was only a handful.

Police Sgt. David Osborne said it could be because of the education platforms the state and the Harlingen Police Department have implemented in the last year.

Through the help of the Impaired Driving Mobilization Step Grant, the Harlingen Police Department, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, focused on conducting saturation patrols in high-risk locations during this past holiday season.

The patrols concentrated during times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“I think people are starting to get the message,” Osborne said.

 

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