AUSTIN – Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer time,
and the Texas Division of Public Security (DPS) is reminding drivers to
have fun safely as they take pleasure in their vacation. Right this moment via Could 30, the Texas
Freeway Patrol will take part in Click on It or Ticket, in addition to Operation
CARE (Crash Consciousness Discount Effort). Click on It or Ticket is an enforcement
marketing campaign that encourages individuals to put on their seat belts. Operation CARE is a
specialised marketing campaign wherein Troopers search for drivers who’re dashing, intoxicated
or violating different legal guidelines. Troopers can even look ahead to drivers not complying
with the state’s Transfer Over, Gradual Down regulation.
“Memorial Day at all times means busy highways throughout the state,
and we encourage all drivers to take their time to get to their locations
safely,” stated DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By following site visitors legal guidelines, paying
consideration to different drivers and buckling your seat belt, we will all do our half
to make the roads as protected as doable and benefit from the lengthy Memorial Day vacation.”
In the course of the 2021 Memorial Day marketing campaign, Troopers issued extra
than 115,700 citations and warnings. This contains 6,513 citations for
dashing; 1,860 for no insurance coverage; and greater than 1,200 citations for people
with out seat belt or youngster seat restraints. DPS additionally arrested 445 individuals on DWI
costs, 333 fugitives and 667 individuals for different felony costs.
DPS encourages drivers to observe these security suggestions throughout
Memorial Day weekend and past:
Don’t drink and drive. Make alternate plans in case you are
Transfer Over or Gradual Down for police, hearth, EMS, Texas
Division of Transportation (TxDOT) autos and tow vehicles stopped on the
aspect of the street with emergency lights activated. Present the identical courtesy to
fellow drivers who’re stopped on the aspect of the street. Up to now in 2022, there
have been 3,423 violations.
Buckle up everybody within the car — it’s the regulation.
Decelerate, particularly in dangerous climate, heavy site visitors,
unfamiliar areas or building zones.
Remove distractions whereas driving, together with the use
of cell gadgets. Texas regulation prohibits the usage of transportable wi-fi gadgets to
learn, write or ship an electronic mail until the car is stopped. If
you’re utilizing a navigation gadget or app, have a passenger function it so you possibly can
hold your eyes on the street.
Drive defensively, as vacation journey can current extra
On multi-lane roads, use the left lane for passing solely.
Not solely is it courteous driving and avoids impeding site visitors, Texas regulation
requires slower site visitors to maintain to the correct and to make use of the left lane for
passing solely (when posted).
Don’t minimize in entrance of enormous vehicles and take a look at to not brake
rapidly in entrance of them. They’ll’t maneuver as simply as passenger autos
and pickup vehicles.
If you happen to can Steer It, Clear It: If you’re concerned in a
non-injury crash and your car might be moved, clear the site visitors lanes to
reduce site visitors influence. Leaving autos in a site visitors lane will increase site visitors
congestion and leaves these concerned with an elevated danger of hurt or a
secondary wreck. On some highways, for those who don’t transfer your car when it’s
protected to take action, it’s in opposition to the regulation.
Preserve the Texas Roadside Help quantity saved in
your telephone. Dial 1-800-525-5555 for any sort of help. The
quantity may also be discovered on the again of a Texas Driver License.
Verify your car to ensure it’s correctly
maintained and at all times guarantee your cargo is safe.
Report street hazards or something suspicious to the
nearest regulation enforcement company.
Monitor climate and street circumstances wherever you’re
touring. For street circumstances and closures in Texas, go to Drive