CORPUS CHRISTI - New Year's Eve is a holiday in which, unfortunately, drinking and driving is increasingly common. This reality prompted a special DWI Task Force over the holiday weekend.
"We had a significant presence out there this year. We worked with the Department of Public Safety. DPS Troopers assisted inside city limits," Lt. J.C. Hooper with the Corpus Christi Police Department said.
Lt. Hooper emphasized the number of traffic-related deaths on Corpus Christi roads in 2017 as a large reason for the extra patrol.
"The numbers were up this year. We had 40 on our city streets this year. We lost 40 of our our neighbors, our family, our friends. Forty is an awful lot of deaths," Lt. Hooper said.
Thankfully, no traffic-related deaths were reported over the 48-hour period of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
However, during that two-day period, Corpus Christi Police officers made 16 DWI arrests.
You'd be surprised to find, although bad behavior is anticipated while ringing in the New Year, Corpus Christi Police officers made more DWI arrests over the two-day period of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Twenty-two to be exact.
As far as a rhyme or reason?
"You know you hear the argument about a full moon and about payday, and I don't know if there's any scientific basis for that," Lt. Hooper said.
Statistics and records on DWI arrests made by Texas Highway Patrol officers during the New Year's holiday, as well as combined statistics from the assembled "DWI Task Force" are still being processed and this web story will be updated accordingly.
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