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UT Opener, Labor Day Crowds Mean A Busy Weekend For Police

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 03:43 PM CDT
Labor Day Weekend is here. AAA predicts it'll be the busiest for Texans in six years. In addition to the holiday, it's also the first UT football game on Saturday, and that means it'll be busy.

A lot of Texans and other UT fans plan to spend the weekend camped out around campus, but more than 2 million other people will be hitting the roads.

Austin Police are putting more officers on the streets to patrol and look for drunk and aggressive drivers. They'll have more than a dozen departments joining them for their Arrive Alive effort. Labor Day Weekend 2013 saw 108 crashes, with one person killed and five seriously hurt. Also, 95 people were arrested area-wide on suspicion of driving drunk.

Police will have plenty of eyes out this weekend but say you need to watch out too, especially if you're anywhere near UT.

"We have a lot of students that are back in our community now from all around the nation," said Lt. Richmond of Austin Police Department. "We wanna make sure that you're looking out for the motorcycles, the bicycles and the pedestrians. Lots more of those people with this warm weather."

This is the second year police have done "Arrive Alive". They tell KEYETV they're not changing much because the initiative has been effective as is. Arrive Alive and No Refusal both start Friday night and run through sunrise Tuesday.UT Opener, Labor Day Crowds Mean A Busy Weekend For Police


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