Increased Patrols for Texas DWI in Austin AreaIncreased Patrols for Texas DWI in Austin Area

Cedar Park joined Hutto and Georgetown in receiving grants to fund extra Texas DWI patrols. The municipalities received federal funds under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Project, or STEP, that help underwrite overtime pay for officers who conduct patrols targeting drunk driving, seat belt violations and speeding.

Incidents of driving while intoxicated in Central Texas go up slightly during the summer months, so the extra Cedar Park patrols will be deployed between the Fourth of July holiday and Labor Day. The funds Cedar Park received will pay for 2-4 additional patrol officers each night. Hutto focuses its extra patrols on the weekends and during holidays. Georgetown applies its STEP funds over the entire year.

Neither the Williamson County Sheriff

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