AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety encourages everyone to drive safely as they celebrate the unofficial end of summer during the long weekend of Labor Day.
Texas Highway Patrol will increase enforcement from Friday through Monday, looking for people who don’t wear their seat belts, speeding, drunk drivers and drivers who comply with the state’s moveover, slowdown law. I fail.
“DPS is reminding all drivers that safety always comes first,” said DPS Director Steven McCarr. “While the long weekend is a time to get out and have fun, we all need to do our part to keep the roads safe, and that’s why the military will make sure everyone obeys traffic rules.” Is acting on. “
During the 2020 Labor Day holiday, the military issued 71,544 references and warnings. It contained 9,239 high-speed references. 1,088 seat belts and child safety prevention references 1,419 without insurance references and 534 warnings and references for displacement, slowdown violations. Efforts to enforce the DPS resulted in 402 DWI arrests, 802 serious arrests and 200 fugitive arrests.
Drivers are encouraged to follow these tips during the Labor Day holiday.
- Don’t drink and drive. Make alternative plans if you use alcohol.
- Police, fire, EMS, TX.com vehicles and tower trucks move forward or slow down by turning on the roadside emergency lights. Show the same courtesy to fellow drivers parked on the side of the road. So far in 2021, there have been 8,950 violations.
- Catch everyone in the car – that’s the law.
- Slowly, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, unfamiliar areas or construction areas.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of portable wireless devices to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped. If you’re using a navigation device or app, let a passenger drive it so you can keep your eyes on the road.
- Drive defensively, as a vacation trip can present additional challenges.
- Know your route before you start your journey.
- Don’t drive tired. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
- On multi-lane roads, use the left lane only to pass. Not only is this driving driving and avoids traffic jams, Texas law requires slow traffic to stay on the right and the left lane is used only for passing (when posted). ۔
- Clean it if you can drive: If you are involved in a non-injury accident and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lane to minimize the effects of traffic. Leaving vehicles in a traffic lane increases traffic congestion and increases the risk of damage to the occupants or secondary destruction. On some highways, you are breaking the law if you do not move your vehicle when it is safe to do so.
- Do not cut in front of large trucks, and if possible try not to brake too fast in front of them. They do not maneuver as easily as passenger cars and pickup trucks.
- Check your vehicle to make sure it is properly maintained and always make sure your luggage is safe.
- Report road hazards or any suspicious activity to the nearest law enforcement agency.
- Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions and closures in Texas, see Drive Texas.
- Operation Care (Crash Awareness and Reduction) will run simultaneously. Operation Care is an initiative in police agencies across the country, including the Texas Highway Patrol. It increases enforcement efforts during scheduled periods throughout the year, including holidays such as Labor Day.