June 29, 2018
Media and Communications Office
DPS Increases Traffic Enforcement for Fourth of July
– The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be increasing traffic
enforcement for the Fourth of July holiday from Tuesday, July 3 through
Wednesday, July 4. During this period, DPS Troopers will be looking for DWI,
speeding, seat belt and other traffic violations.
Troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for
traffic violators and impaired drivers over the Fourth of July holiday,” said
DPS Director Steven McCraw. “If you plan to consume alcohol, there is no excuse
for not designating a sober driver or planning ahead for alternate
transportation. DPS urges Texans to celebrate responsibly and take extra
precautions to help keep everyone safe.”
the 2017 Fourth of July enforcement period, DPS Troopers issued more than
98,000 tickets and warnings, including 1,658 seat belt and child safety
restraint citations. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 529 DWI
arrests, 374 fugitive arrests and 300 felony arrests.
to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1,033 people were killed in motor
vehicle traffic crashes in 2017 where a driver was under the influence of
alcohol, accounting for 28 percent of last year’s traffic fatalities.
offers drivers the following tips for enhancing safety on our roads this July
- Do not
drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and
distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law
prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an
electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation
vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency
lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow
drivers stopped along the road.
defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- If you
see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the
nearest law enforcement agency.
your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always
double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. In the
event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways and be aware of
your surroundings. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit https://drivetexas.org.
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