DPS Urges Texans to Drive Responsibly During Thanksgiving Holiday
AUSTIN, November 23, 2015 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to always celebrate responsibly and to make safe driving habits a priority during the heavily travelled Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
“As Texans travel to be with family and friends this Thanksgiving season, we urge all drivers to use extra caution on roadways and always drive sober,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The increased traffic and potential for inclement weather and impaired driving can make holiday travel especially challenging, and DPS troopers will be working nonstop to keep the roads safe for everyone.”
DPS troopers will be patrolling Texas roadways throughout the holiday weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other drivers who are endangering themselves and others.
During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2014, DPS troopers arrested 242 individuals for driving while intoxicated, issued 5,223 speeding citations, 682 citations for no insurance and 599 seat belt/child safety seat citations. DPS patrols also resulted in 135 fugitive arrests and 97 felony arrests during the same time period.
DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Thanksgiving holiday: