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El Paso is one of most dangerous Texas cities for 4th of July, study says

The study looks at drunk driving over the 4th of July holiday from 2010 to 2017 and says that during that timespan, El Paso has seen 4 deaths, 16 injuries, and 49 crashes over the holiday period.

A new study says that El Paso is one of the most dangerous Texas cities for drunk driving and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is increasing enforcement during the holiday to try and lower that ranking.

DPS says there is an increased amount of troopers on El Paso roads during the holiday looking for speeding, seat belt violations, and especially drunk drivers.

KFOX14 saw several people pulled over near popular bar districts around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The increased enforcement seems to be necessary, as the study ranked El Paso as the 6th most dangerous Texas city for 4th of July drunk driving.

The study looks at drunk driving over the 4th of July holiday from 2010 to 2017 and says that during that timespan, El Paso has seen 4 deaths, 16 injuries, and 49 crashes over the holiday period.

The study adds that drunk driving crashes on the 4th are on the rise across the entire state. During the 8-year period, the study says the Lone Star State saw about a 29 percent increase in crashes, almost a 35 percent increase in fatalities, and about a 31 percent increase in injuries. The study says all of those crashes took place over the 4th of July holiday.

Starting at 6 p.m. Wedesday and lasting until 6 a.m. Thursday, AAA Texas will offer their Tipsy Tow service.

They’re offering a free tow home of up to 10 miles. Callers can request the service by calling 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP.

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