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Two Programs To Cut Holiday Traffic Crashes

Updated: Tuesday, November 26 2013, 06:44 AM CST
You may be looking forward to Thanksgiving week to see family and friends, but for Austin police, it's a week that keeps them on edge. Last year's holiday week meant more than 100 crashes, nearly 50 DWI arrests, one death, and one serious injury in Austin alone.

This year, Austin police are running two ramped-up enforcement programs to once to cut the number of crashes to zero. One is called Arrive Alive.

APD and 14 other agencies across three counties are stepping up patrols on the roads looking for some of the things that cause the most deaths on Austin roads like drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving, but they also say a longer push for safety on the roads can mean a safer city overall.

To get you home for the holidays, Austin police are bringing back their initiative of the same name. This week through January 2, they're adding more officers under their Home for The Holidays initiative, and every APD officer will work a shift.

Last year's effort meant nearly 2,000 tickets and more than 100 arrests. Chief Art Acevedo of the Austin Police Department says it'll not only make the roads safer, but the entire city.

"The more that we do traffic-wise, the greater the enforcement, the lower number of crimes we have across the board," said Chief Acevedo.

Chief Acevedo would not give out numbers for just how many officers he's putting on the streets. He's only saying they'll have "maximum enforcement" and you'll notice it.

Two Programs To Cut Holiday Traffic Crashes

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