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DPS Reminds Drivers to Be Safe This Holiday Season

Edinburg, Texas (Dec. 21, 2017) –  The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers that by staying sober and following basic traffic laws, they can give their fellow motorists the gift of safe travels this season.In an effort to increase safety on Texas roadways, Troopers will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. 24 – 27 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers. Many local law enforcement agencies, including the Edinburg Police Department, will also increase enforcement efforts over the holidays.

During the six-day Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS Troopers issued more than 72,000 citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat usage. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 439 DWI arrests, 289 fugitive arrests and 229 felony arrests.

Remember to protect those working on the side of the road this holiday by following the law: SLOW DOWN or MOVE OVER for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.

DPS offers the following additional tips for safe travel during the holidays:

    • Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.

    • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.

    • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.

    • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.

    • Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

    • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.

    • If you see a road hazard or something suspicious during the holidays, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.

    • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.

  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling.  In the event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways. For road conditions in Texas, visit https://drivetexas.org.