AUSTIN, Texas -

The Texas Department of Public Safety is stepping up DWI patrols, as hundreds of thousands of people hit the roadways for spring break.

A department spokesperson says state troopers will be increasing DWI patrols in high-risk locations where alcohol-related crashes are most frequent, starting March 7 and lasting through March 23. During the 2013 spring break period, DPS troopers arrested more than 1,000 people in DWI-related offenses.

"Taking impaired drivers off Texas roadways during spring break is a top priority for the department, and we also call on the public to do their part and designate a sober driver," says DPS Director Steven McCraw.

The enhanced patrols that target intoxicated drivers are funded by a Texas Department of Transportation grant.