DPS Boosts Traffic Enforcement for Thanksgiving Holiday – The Gilmer Mirror

AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is stepping up enforcement for the Thanksgiving holiday to ensure people can get to and from their celebrations safely. Texas Highway Patrol Troopers will increase enforcement on the roads from Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27. DPS Troopers will look for people not wearing seatbelts, drunk driving, speeding and the Move over, slow down law, among other traffic violations.

“As we head into a busy holiday season, we need to remember to make safety our number one priority,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Observe all traffic rules, do not drink under the influence of alcohol, put your phone behind the wheel and look out for each other. The message is the same every year, but it is a message that can save lives.”

DPS annually participates in the nationwide Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort) initiative for Thanksgiving. A total of 36,523 warnings and tickets were issued during the 2021 Thanksgiving enforcement effort, including 3,306 for speeding; 789 for driving without insurance; 377 for seat belt and child seat violations; and 170 fouls Move over, slow down. Last year’s enforcement efforts also resulted in 225 felony arrests, 138 DWI arrests, and 84 fugitive arrests.

DPS offers the following safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday:

  1. Do not drink and drive. Make alternate plans if you consume alcohol.
  2. Move over or slow down for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Show the same courtesy to fellow drivers standing by the side of the road.
  3. Brace yourself everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  4. To slow downespecially in bad weather, heavy traffic, unfamiliar areas or construction zones.
  5. Eliminate distractions while driving, including using mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of portable wireless devices to read, write, or transmit an electronic message unless the vehicle is stationary.
  6. If you use a navigation device or app, have it operated by a passengerso you can keep your eyes on the road.
  7. Keep the Texas Roadside Assistance number stored in your phone. To call 1-800-525-5555 for any kind of help. The number is also on the back of a Texas Driver License.
  8. Drive defensivelyas holiday travel can present additional challenges.
  9. Don’t drive tired – take enough time to reach your destination.
  10. On multi-lane roads, use the left lane only for overtaking. Not only is it courteous and avoids nuisance traffic, Texas law also requires slower traffic to keep to the right and use the left lane only for overtaking (when directed).
  11. Do not mow for large trucks, and don’t try to brake quickly for them. They cannot maneuver as easily as passenger cars and pick-ups.
  12. If you can Send it, clean it: If you are involved in a non-injury accident and your vehicle can be moved, clear the lanes to minimize the impact on traffic. Leaving vehicles in a roadway increases traffic congestion and leaves those involved at an increased risk of injury or a secondary wreck. On some highways, it is against the law not to move your vehicle when it is safe to do so.
  13. Check your vehicle to make sure it is properly maintained and to always make sure your cargo is safe.
  14. Report road hazards or anything suspicious to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  15. Keep an eye on weather and road conditions wherever you travel. For road conditions and closures in Texas, go to driving Texel.

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