AUSTIN Travelers are hitting the road this week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking drivers to be safe over the holiday weekend.
In a press release Monday, DPS said that troopers will be patrolling roadways throughout the weekend to identify dangerous drivers. Last year, during the Thanksgiving holiday, DPS troopers arrested 386 individuals for Driving While Intoxicated, gave out more that 7,500 speeding tickets, 875 tickets for no insurance and 770 citations for no seatbelt/no child safety seat.
In the same time period, troopers also arrested 258 fugitives and made felony arrests.
“Holiday travel can be especially challenging because of congested roadways, added distractions and fatigued or drunk driving – all of which can lead to tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS will be working hard to keep our roads safe during the Thanksgiving holiday, and we’re also counting on everyone traveling throughout the state to do their part by driving responsibly.”
DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Thanksgiving holiday:
-Don't drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
-Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.
-Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it's the law.
-Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
-Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it's the law.
-Don't drive fatigued.
-Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
-Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.