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News Release

August 30, 2019

DPS Ups Enforcement, Encourages Motorists to Drive Safely This Labor Day

AUSTIN – As we head towards the unofficial end of summer this weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind all drivers to be safe on the road and exercise caution as holiday travel ramps up for Labor Day. The Texas Highway Patrol will be increasing enforcement starting today, Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2. Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law, including those not adhering to the Move Over, Slow Down law, failing to wear seat belts, speeding and driving while intoxicated, among other traffic violations.

“DPS is reminding drivers to do their part to keep our roadways safe this Labor Day weekend,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Every time you get behind the wheel, you have an obligation to drive responsibly as your actions could either protect or endanger yourself and others. At DPS, we’ll be doing our part to help keep everyone safe by increasing patrols and enforcing traffic laws.”

Drivers are urged to follow these safety tips during the Labor Day holiday on the roads:

Our increased enforcement efforts run in conjunction with Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort). Operation CARE is an initiative among police agencies across the country — including the Texas Highway Patrol — that increases enforcement efforts during designated time periods throughout the year, including holidays like Labor Day.

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