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El Paso Police arrest hundreds for DWI over the holidays

El Paso Police (KFOX14/CBS4)
El Paso Police (KFOX14/CBS4)
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El Paso Police made 348 DWI arrests during this past holiday season, according to data from the department.

It's an increase compared to the previous five holiday seasons.

The following are the number of DWI arrests over the holidays the last five years:

  • 2019-2020: 348
  • 2018-2019: 328
  • 2017-2018: 281
  • 2016-2017: 226
  • 2015-2016: 262

These numbers represent DWI arrests from a few days before Thanksgiving to just after New Year's Day.

El Paso Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said more arrests doesn't necessarily mean more drunk drivers. Carrillo said the department added about 10 officers to its DWI Task Force over the last couple of years.

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The data showed Zaragoza Road had 131 DWI arrests over the past five holiday seasons, the most out of the city. Mesa Street had the second most over the past five holiday seasons, with 71 DWI arrests.

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