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News Release

September 3, 2020

DPS Increases Enforcement for Labor Day Holiday

AUSTIN – Whether you’re just driving around town or traveling the open roads this Labor Day, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages all motorists to practice safe driving habits and exercise caution throughout the holiday weekend.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7, the Texas Highway Patrol will increase its enforcement on Texas roads. Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law, including those not wearing their seat belts, speeding, driving while intoxicated and failing to comply with the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law, among other traffic violations.

“DPS reminds all travelers to be responsible and practice safe driving habits this Labor Day,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “It’s imperative for everyone to do their part to keep our roadways safe, and DPS will also do our part by increasing patrols and enforcing traffic laws this holiday weekend.”

During the 2019 Labor Day holiday, DPS Troopers issued 102,274 citations and warnings, including 10,506 citations for speeding; 1,461 seat belt and child safety restraint citations; and 938 warnings and citations for Move Over, Slow Down violations. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 489 DWI arrests, 358 fugitive arrests and 354 felony arrests.  

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

Law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the Texas Highway Patrol, will be increasing enforcement efforts of Labor Day as part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort).

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