As I blogged about recently, Fort Worth police department officers were out in full force looking for drunk drivers this Labor Day weekend. Well, the effort paid off, because police made 125 driving while intoxicated arrests, and there was only one traffic fatality in Fort Worth over the weekend.
The extra police effort was part of a Texas Transportation Department statewide effort to give grant money to police departments so additional officers could be on the streets. In addition to the statewide effort, the Fort Worth police department conducted a “Stop the Madness” program over Labor Day weekend as well. Additional police officers were put on traffic duty, and officers obtained search warrants for blood tests in incidents of suspected drunk driving. More than 30 officers volunteered to supplement the eight officer DWI force this year.
Over the weekend, police issued 407 traffic citations and 49 DWI arrests were made as part of the “Stop the Madness” program; additionally, 79 DWI arrests were made during the statewide campaign from August 21 through August 31.