DPS Increasing Patrols For July 4th Weekend

DPS will be increasing their patrols to try to reduce fatalities this July 4th weekend, especially looking for drunk drivers, speeders, and travelers who aren't wearing their safety belts.

"If the thought of killing or injuring others on the road while you're driving drunk is not enough to make you drive sober, just remember that our troopers will be looking to arrest you," said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr, director of the DPS. "Many drunk drivers think that they are sober enough to drive and discover that they are wrong when they're arrested and taken to jail."

Last year during the extended holiday weekend (July 3-8), DPS troopers made 689 driving while intoxicated arrests and issued 10,445 speeding citations. During that same weekend, they issued 2,167 tickets for safety belt violations and 577 for child safety seat and booster seat violations.

Here are some driving tips the DPS recommends for travelers:

  • Slow down, especially if weather and road conditions do not allow for the designated speed.
  • Secure everyone in the vehicle properly, either with a safety belt or in the appropriate car seat or booster.
  • Save phone calls for home or find a safe place to pull over to make your calls.
  • Make sure you have enough gas in the fuel tank to make it to your destination.
  • Drive with courtesy-do not participate in road rage behavior.

ckhalil@kltv.com / Cathryn Khalil