The Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as local law enforcement agencies, will have increased traffic enforcement in operation during the holidays, specifically looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violations and other dangerous driving.
The increased enforcement will take place over both holiday weekends, from Friday to Monday, and then again from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.
“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,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said.
During last year’s increased enforcement period over the holidays, DPS troopers made 466 DWI arrests, issued 9,174 speeding citations, 893 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 320 fugitive arrests and 286 felony arrests across Texas.
Some tips from DPS for safer driving during the holidays include don’t drink and drive; slow down in bad weather and construction zones; eliminate distractions including cellphones; wear seat belts; move over or slow down for emergency service vehicles; avoid driving while tired; and check the weather forecast before your trip.