MCALLEN, Texas – The holidays are here and the Texas Department of Public Safety wants to remind motorists about safety driving tips. Texas DPS says last Thanksgiving more than 74,000 traffic citations and warnings were given out.
Sgt. Maria Montalvo, Texas DPS, “From the beginning of January 1st here in the State of Texas, more than 2,800 people lost their lives on our Texas roadways.”
Sgt. Montalvo says many drivers don’t put their seat belts on and also fail to secure their children. “When we’re driving recklessly and not paying attention, when we’re speeding not being secured by our safety belts, when we’re driving under the influence of alcohol, we make the roads dangerous not only for ourselves but for the other drivers and passengers on our Texas roadways.”
During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday DPS Troopers made 337 DWI arrests, 244 fugitive arrests and 213 felony arrests following traffic stops.
This year the department wants to remind you to not drink and drive. Make sure all cargo is secure before driving. Eliminate distractions like your cellphone, and move over or slow down for first responders.
Sgt. Montalvo adds, “If you don’t, rest assure you will get stopped and you will receive a fine of up to $2,000. If you do cause serious bodily injury to any of the emergency personnel you will face jail time. So please if you are going to be consuming alcoholic beverages, plan ahead and have alternate plans.”
Texas DPS says they will increase enforcement starting tomorrow through Sunday looking out for drivers who violate the law.