Police departments bump up DWI patrols

HARLINGEN — Thousands of lives are cut short every year because of drunk drivers.

These are promising lives missed because of the fateful decisions by irresponsible people to get behind the wheel and drive drunk.

In an effort to stop this deadly trend and save lives, the Texas Department of Transportation, in partnership with local police departments, has launched a statewide inniative in the hopes that no lives are lost.

During the major holidays, Harlingen and San Benito police departments receive Impaired Driving Mobilization Step Grants.

The grants are funded through TxDOT and are used to increase manpower while attempting to hinder DWI-related incidents.

The grant pays for overtime so police can patrol those high risk areas where drunken drivers are more likely to be. The bumped-up patrols for both departments will take place now until Sept. 5, which is Labor Day.

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