AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to help make the holidays safer by driving sober and using extra caution. In an effort to protect travelers on our roadways, DPS Troopers, as well as local law enforcement across the state, will
conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. 23 –26 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat
belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers
to help make the holidays safer by driving sober and using extra
caution. In an effort to protect travelers on our roadways, DPS
Troopers, as well as local law enforcement across the state, will
conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. 23 –
26 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat
belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

“Impaired driving or reckless behavior on the road can turn holiday
celebrations into tragedies, and these DPS patrols are designed to
help save lives by identifying drivers who disregard the law and
endanger others,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By always driving
sober, obeying traffic laws, and slowing down or moving over a lane
when vehicles are stopped on the side of the road, Texans can help
make our roads safer for everyone.”

During the eight-day Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort
last year, DPS troopers made 466 DWI arrests. DPS enforcement efforts
also resulted in 9,174 speeding citations, 893 seat belt/child safety
seat citations, 320 fugitive arrests and 286 felony arrests during the
enforcement period.

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

Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.
Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
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. Also, show
the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
Don’t drive fatigued.
Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and check the weather
forecast before your trip begins.