DPS Ready for Thanksgiving Rush to Roads

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AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Thanksgiving holiday travelers to buckle their seat belts -- and don't drink and drive.

DPS is again taking part in the national holiday safety program called Operation CARE for Combined Accident Reduction Effort. The goal is to reduce traffic fatalities during Thanksgiving week.

DPS last year arrested more than 600 people for driving while intoxicated during the Wednesday through Sunday holiday period. Troopers wrote nearly 15,000 tickets to speeders, plus issued more than 2,100 tickets for people not wearing seat belts.

DPS also recommends that when forced to deal with aggressive drivers -- "put your pride in the back seat and move aside."