AUSTIN (KXAN) - Seventeen law enforcement agencies from the Department of Public Safety, Austin Police Department and other area communities will be watching for drunk drivers and boaters, but also those who love to speed.
"Because of this collaborative effort, people will make better choices July 4th," said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. "They will celebrate responsibly, will designate drivers, will utilize public transit, and most importantly will not put their family friends and neighbors at risk."
Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix says their "Arrive Alive" campaign has already proven successful this year with no fatalities over the Memorial Day weekend or during the ROT Rally.
Their efforts to crack down on drunk driving will continue this week for the Fourth of July holiday.
"We'll be doubling the amount of overtime hours to our selective traffic and safety program," Mannix said, "by having 100 hours of additional overtime paid to officers specifically to work on these dangerous driving behaviors."
Law enforcement trainer Shawn Newsom says drunk drivers are a bigger hazard than anyone realizes.
"I chased someone for six miles and they didn't know I was even behind them," he said. "There were near six, seven head-on collisions before I got this individual stopped. Who knows how many people he could have killed if we hadn't have gotten him off the road."
Police hope banding together will help all drivers "arrive alive" this holiday weekend.
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
An unusually cold blast of arctic air arriving early Thursday will be followed by an increasing chance of freezing drizzle/rain and sleet by Friday morning.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.
City leaders in West Lake Hills discussed the ongoing concern with the city's water system Wednesday night. The problems arise when water is needed most; fighting fires.
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.