and Communications Office
Drivers to Fill Up on Safety for Thanksgiving
AUSTIN – As Texans prepare for the
Thanksgiving holiday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding
motorists to make safety a priority and to enjoy the holiday weekend
“Thanksgiving should be a time of
celebration with family and friends, and we are encouraging everyone to take
some simple but potentially life-saving steps to celebrate responsibly,” said
DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS Troopers will also be on the lookout for
drivers who needlessly endanger others by disregarding the law. Everyone,
especially motorists, has a part to play in keeping our roadways safe, and it
is imperative that you take this responsibility seriously.”
DPS Troopers, and other Texas law
enforcement agencies, will be patrolling around-the-clock during the holiday weekend looking for
drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators, and other motorists who are
endangering themselves or the public.
During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2016,
DPS troopers issued 51,592 traffic citations and warnings for a variety of
violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat
usage. DPS patrols also resulted in 275 driving while intoxicated arrests, 198
fugitive arrests and 141 felony arrests during the same time period.
DPS offers the following tips for safe
travel during the Thanksgiving holiday:
not drink and drive.
- Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction
areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use
of mobile devices.
up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
- Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is
properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is
- Slow down
or move over for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of
Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are 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.
- Monitor weather and road conditions (https://drivetexas.org) wherever
you are traveling. In the event of inclement weather, use extra
caution on roadways.