Despite a large volume of holiday traffic, local law enforcement agencies reported few major violations such as DWIís.
Over the entire holiday week, from Christmas Eve to New Yearís Day, Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno said the city was fairly calm. Between the two holidays, Bueno said officers arrested four individuals for driving while intoxicated and had only a handful of public intoxication arrests.
"Iím very impressed. We had some family disturbances, a few DWIís and PIís, but overall, people stayed home, and thatís good," Bueno said. "People this year were really trying to stay home; and refrained from drinking and driving, which is great for the community."
As far as the roads outside of Alice, troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety were out in full force. The organization conducted two programs during the holiday, Operation Holiday and Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).
Region 3 DPS operations covered Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Beeville, and Alice. Top priority was given to DWIís and other hazardous behavior on the road. DPS Information Officer Cpl. Charles Ramirez said DPS handled only one fatality over its New Yearís operation, and none during their Christmas operation.
"Weíre still compiling our statistics for this holiday season. The traffic was heavy, but I think with our efforts, in conjunction with city and county law enforcement agencies, it was safer this year as far as travel was concerned," Ramirez said. Final DPS holiday numbers for the Coastal Bend area should be available later this week, Ramirez said.†