Bulletin Staff Report
The Christmas and New Year’s holidays will see all available DPS troopers patrolling Texas roadways in an attempt to make travel safer for all Texans. Troopers will be focusing on locating drivers who may be intoxicated, but also will be looking for speeders and seatbelt violators.
All available troopers will be on patrol today through Sunday, Dec. 27, and again on Thursday, Dec. 31, through Sunday, Jan. 3.
During the Christmas holiday period last year, DPS troopers arrested 651 drivers for DWI and issued 15,400 speeding tickets and 2,580 safety restraint violations.
During the New Year’s holiday last year, DPS troopers arrested 304drivers for DWI and issued 5,173 speeding tickets and 912 safety restraint violations.
“We want to do all we can to minimize the number of traffic crashes and fatalities during this holiday season. Texas drivers can do their part by designating a sober driver if they’ve consumed any alcohol,” said David Baker, assistant director for the Texas Highway Patrol.
“The holidays are no time to spend in jail, but we will arrest any driver who is impaired.”
Local law enforcement personnel are also emphasizing the importance of not drinking and driving and obeying and seat belt laws.
The DPS offered the following advice for holiday travel:
• Drive with courtesy; it’s contagious. Remember, it’s the holidays!
• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
• Don’t drink and drive; get a designated driver.
• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle.
• Keep cell phone chatter to a minimum, and avoid texting.
• Avoid drowsy driving.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.