Celebrating July 4 should not include driving drunk or speeding, say Texas Highway Patrol troopers, who will be looking for people who are driving drunk, speeding or not wearing seatbelts or properly secured in child safety seats.
“If you’re driving drunk, you should know that we will arrest you,” said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., DPS director. “Designate a sober driver, for your safety and the safety of other Texans out on the roads.”
On July 4 last year, DPS troopers arrested 141 drivers for driving while intoxicated.
Texas is one of several states participating in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) - a nationwide campaign by state police agencies to reduce fatalities during holiday periods. All available troopers will be patrolling Texas roadways targeting speeders, drunk drivers and seat belt violators from midnight tonight through midnight July 8. Last year during the extended Operation CARE period (July 1-4), DPS troopers arrested 749 drunk drivers.
“We want to keep all Texans safe. The best way to enjoy the July 4 holiday is to stay sober, slow down and make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly secured,” Davis said.
Here are some driving tips the DPS recommends for travelers:
Do not drink and drive. Find a designated driver. Have everyone in the vehicle properly secured, either with a safety belt or in the appropriate car seat or booster. Slow down, especially if weather and road conditions do not allow for the designated speed limit. Save your phone calls for home or find a safe place to pull over to place or answer mobile calls. Be polite and courteous while driving - do not practice road rage behavior. Have your vehicle checked to make sure it is roadworthy before a long trip.