AUSTIN – The Texas Division of Public Security (DPS) will improve its presence on the roads to make sure highways are protected as a part of a spring break enforcement marketing campaign. From March 12 by means of March 20, the Texas Freeway Patrol will likely be out on the lookout for people who find themselves violating site visitors legal guidelines as a part of Operation CARE (Crash Consciousness and Discount Effort). The Operation will embrace St. Patrick’s Day.
“Spring break is a time for enjoyable and rest, however we’d like to ensure persons are having fun with their holidays responsibly and following the legislation,” stated DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS will step up enforcement efforts on the roads, and we hope drivers will obey the posted velocity limits, together with all the opposite legal guidelines, to make it attainable for everybody to have a protected spring break.”
Through the 2021 spring break enforcement effort, DPS Troopers issued greater than 73,700 citations and warnings for violations. This included 7,236 rushing citations, 919 citations for seat belt or little one security seat violations and 500 Transfer Over, Sluggish Down citations and warnings. Troopers additionally made 512 felony arrests, 417 DWI arrests and 235 fugitive arrests.
To have a protected spring break vacation, DPS affords the next suggestions:
- Don’t drink and drive. If you happen to plan to have alcohol outdoors of your house, have a chosen driver or take alternate transportation.
- Transfer Over or Sluggish Down for police, hearth, EMS, Texas Division of Transportation (TxDOT) autos and tow vehicles stopped on the facet of the street with emergency lights activated. Present the identical courtesy to fellow drivers who’re stopped. By March 3 of this yr, there have been 1,333 Transfer Over, Sluggish Down violations.
- If you happen to can Steer It, Clear It. In case you are concerned in a non-injury crash and your car may be moved, clear the lanes of site visitors. On some highways, in case you don’t transfer your car when it’s protected to take action, it’s in opposition to the legislation.
- Decelerate, particularly in dangerous climate, heavy site visitors, unfamiliar areas or building zones.
- Buckle up everybody within the car — it’s the legislation.
- Remove distractions whereas driving, together with using cellular gadgets. Texas legislation prohibits using transportable wi-fi gadgets to learn, write or ship an piece of email except the car is stopped.
- When utilizing a navigation system or app, have a passenger function it so you possibly can hold your eyes on the street.
- Don’t drive fatigued — enable loads of time to succeed in your vacation spot.
- Maintain the Texas Roadside Help quantity saved in your cellphone. Dial 1-800-525-5555 for any kind of roadside help. The quantity may also be discovered on the again of a Texas Driver License.
- Monitor climate and street situations wherever you’re touring. For street situations and closures, go to Drive Texas.