Drunk driving enforcement to increase during July 4 holiday weekend


Cedar Park police will be increasing patrols on major roadways for DWI enforcement this week.

The Cedar Park Police Department is continuing its successful Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) this week through July 4th in an effort to discourage drunk driving and make local roads and highways safer.

"Impaired driving, whether due to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication, has the potential to forever damage and end lives – often those of innocent victims," said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix. ”We all have a responsibility when we get behind the wheel to be alert and present and to prioritize the safety of ourselves and those around us. If people choose not to do that this Fourth of July, we will be there to enforce the consequences."

Police Media and Communications Specialist Tara Long said until Wednesday, July 5.

the Cedar Park Police Department will increase patrol presence on local roadways to discourage and monitor impaired driving violations as part of the ongoing regional STEP Initiative.

"We had two STEP DWI arrests over Memorial Day," Long said. "There were other DWI arrests made during that period, just not by patrol units working the STEP program. Last year, we made 13 STEP DWI arrests over the July 4th initiative."