All available Department of Public Safety troopers will be on patrol for the New Year’s holidays in an effort to make the roads safer for all travelers.
DPS troopers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers, speeders and seat belt violators from Monday, Dec. 31, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. DPS is especially concerned about drinking and driving during the holidays.
During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays last year, troopers made 1,253 DWI arrests and issued 27,032 speeding tickets and 1,183 seat belt citations. In addition, troopers issued 1,326 tickets for child safety seat violations. These numbers do not include citations written by other law enforcement agencies.
“Your chances of getting arrested for DWI or receiving a traffic citation nearly doubles during increased enforcement periods like Operation Holiday,” said DPS director Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr. “Traffic crash death notifications are never easy, but they are even more difficult during the holidays. Our hope is that our efforts, combined with other law enforcement across the state, will save some people from needless traffic deaths during the holiday season.”
Highway Patrol troopers ask Texans to remember the following driving safety tips:
• Slow down. Speed is the No. 1 killer on Texas roads.
• Don’t drink and drive; get a designated driver.
• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle.
• Keep cell phone chatter to a minimum.
• Drive with courtesy; it’s contagious.
• Slow down in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.