When ringing in the New Year, some people celebrate too much and get behind the wheel of a car.  This year the Amarillo Police Department wants everyone to have a happy and safe New Year.

To help with the safety of the community during the New Year, the APD will have extra patrols out this weekend.  They will be on the lookout for those who have been drinking and are driving.  They will also be looking for those who are not wearing their seat belts or those who do not have their children in a proper safety seat.  They will be watching out for those who are speeding, especially those not slowing down in construction zones.  APD will also be looking for those that are distracted driving, or as my friend at AAA Texas, Daniel Armbruster, calls "Intexticated" driving.

Amarillo has seen 24 fatal accidents this year in which 30 people have lost their lives.

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The APD received two Traffic Safety Enforcement Program Grants from the Texas Department of Transportation, STEP and CMV.  These grants will allow for the extra patrols this weekend and allow officers to concentrate on the above violations.

With as many options that are available to get your safely to and from your destination, please choose those options instead of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have been drinking.  Too many lives have been lost and families destroyed because of drunk driving.

Drive slow, wear your seat belt, don't text and drive, and please don't drink and drive.  Be safe and have a happy New Year.

Pleased To Be Here: Happiest Mugshots of Randall County

My my my! These are some happy campers.

You'd think having your mugshot taken would be far from one of your finer moments.....but these inmates prove that you can always turn that frown upside down.

Amarillo's Most Wanted: Help Bring These Fugitives to Justice

These are the fugitives who make up Amarillo's Most Wanted list. The individuals on this list have been accused of serious crimes and are considered a danger to society.

If you have any information about these FUGITIVES, you are urged to call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at (806) 374-4400 or submit a Web Tip by visiting THIS LINK

NEVER TRY TO DETAIN THE FUGITIVE YOURSELF!

You do not have to give your name. AMARILLO CRIME STOPPERS will pay a reward of up to $300 and you WILL remain anonymous. 

Updated as of 1/20/2022

Amarillo's Biggest Drug Busts in 2021.....So Far

Amarillo can be a rowdy place with some lawless characters. Here's some of the biggest drug busts made in Amarillo for 2021 so far....and a little bit of the backstory.

Let's just say that these folks are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Note from editor: An indictment is not a conviction. All individuals shown below who have not appeared in court for a judgement are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.