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News Release

December 20, 2019

DPS Increases Enforcement Efforts to Help Keep Texas Roads and Drivers Safe This Holiday

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind all Texans to do their part to celebrate the holiday season responsibly by obeying traffic laws, practicing safe driving habits and using extra caution when traveling on Texas roads. Throughout the Christmas (Dec. 20-29) and New Year’s holidays (Dec. 31-Jan. 1), DPS Troopers will be increasing enforcement in an effort to increase safety on Texas roads. Troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

“The holiday season gives us many reasons to celebrate with friends and family, and it’s up to every one of us to make sure that we do so responsibly, including driving without distractions and obeying traffic laws as we travel during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS Troopers will increase their patrols, along with many other law enforcement partners across the state, throughout the remainder of the year. Troopers will be on the lookout for anyone violating the law and will remove dangerous drivers from our roadways — all in an effort to protect the public during the holidays.”

During the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holiday enforcement periods, DPS Troopers issued nearly 100,000 citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat usage. In addition, DPS enforcement efforts resulted in 353 felony arrests, 348 fugitive arrests and 351 DWI arrests.

DPS offers the following tips to help drivers have a safe journey on our roadways during the holidays:

Police agencies, including the Texas Highway Patrol, will also increase enforcement efforts over the Christmas holiday as part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort).

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