BRAZOS COUNTY- If you plan on being on the road this holiday season, don't be surprised if you see more state troopers. The Texas Department of Public Safety has stepped up their patrols during this holiday season to keep drivers safe.
"It's our busy time of the year and people expect us to be out there and make the highways as safe as possible," said Trooper Jimmy Morgan. He said there's a time and a place to travel this holiday season.
"It's the time of year everybody wants to celebrate and there are a lot of parties this time of year and there's nothing wrong with that, but you've got to be responsible and have that designated driver and not only have plans of getting there," Trooper Morgan said. "You need to have plans of returning safe and not being on the highway while you're impaired."
Some drivers might learn their lesson the hard way if they aren't paying attention to the roads.
"Sometimes it just comes down to getting stopped on an infraction," Trooper Morgan said. "Maybe your headlight is out... The trooper wanted to let you know your headlight is out and the trooper smells the odor of alcohol."
Last holiday season, state troopers arrested more than 1,200 people for driving while intoxicated. Trooper Morgan said about 32 percent of fatality accidents have some type of alcohol impairment to the driver; and they want to keep everyone safe this holiday season.
"We feel if we are out here monitoring the traffic, keeping people driving a safe speed and not impaired and wearing their seat belt then we can keep people safe during the holidays," Trooper Morgan said.
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