Authorities urging residents to give the gift that keeps on living.
The gift of safe travel, as holidays are known for an increase of traffic, and sometimes accidents.
“Usually because you’ll see an increase in travelers and there’s people off for the holidays so they’re traveling because they want to be with their families,” said Melissa Gonzalez, with the Brownsville Police Department.
For the past 18 years, the Texas Department of Transportation has reported at least one deadly car accident a day.
Last year, there were 56 deaths on state highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
More than 73,000 traffic citations were issued, including 8,449 speeding and 1,005 seat belt/child safety seat citations.
“Once the family has gathered, then with the holidays, some people like to celebrate with alcohol,” Gonzalez said.
The most recent statistics from TXDOT show that from December 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017, there were 82 fatalities and 199 serious injuries from DUI alcohol related traffic crashes in Texas.
From 6pm December 30, 2016 to January 2, 2017 there were 44 deaths and 171 injuries from car accidents in the state.
“More people feel that it’s their leisure time but in reality this is when you’re supposed to be more alert,” said Adrian Mireles, owner of Capital Auto Insurance in Brownsville.
“A lot of people don’t pay attention to their surroundings,” Mireles said, adding that people are more likely to get in an accident around this time.
The Texas Department of Transportation will begin a new holiday safety campaign this December.