AUSTIN -

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the results of a state-wide crackdown on drunk driving.

DPS troopers made nearly 1,500 DWI arrests during a special enforcement period from December 13 and January 2.

The 21-day DWI enforcement effort included funding from a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant.

"These enhanced patrols are designed to protect the lives of all travelers by taking impaired drivers off Texas roadways," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "The holidays are packed with celebrations, which means an increased potential for drinking and driving, and I'm confident DPS efforts helped prevent potentially deadly crashes."

DPS said its troopers made 1,490 DWI arrests during the holiday enforcement effort, and 289 of those arrests were a direct result of the increased patrols.

The TxDOT grant allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.