Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer season, and the Texas Division of Public Security is reminding drivers within the Killeen space and statewide to have fun safely as they get pleasure from their vacation.
It’s additionally received’t be low cost for Killeen-Fort Hood space residents to refill on the fuel pumps whereas touring within the days forward.
Gasoline costs in Texas and past are nonetheless at an all-time excessive as struggle rages on in Ukraine and demand is excessive with Memorial Day arising on Monday.
In Killeen on Friday, fuel was nonetheless above $4 per gallon in any respect native fuel stations. H-E-B and Walmart have been promoting fuel for $4.05 for a gallon of normal, whereas many Chevron stations have been promoting it for $4.39 per gallon, in accordance with GasBuddy knowledge.
In Harker Heights, Sam’s Membership was promoting fuel for $4.04 per gallon on Friday.
In Copperas Cove, H-E-B had the most affordable fuel Friday, at $4.08 per gallon.
“Gasoline costs surged during the last week to new file highs, however have lastly began to sluggish their rise with diesel additionally lastly cooling off,” mentioned Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum evaluation at GasBuddy. “With extra Individuals planning to hit the highway for Memorial Day this 12 months in comparison with final, costs shall be over $1.50 per gallon larger than final 12 months. Although, costs are showing to decelerate, for now. Whereas the coast isn’t clear but, and costs shall be at their highest Memorial Day stage ever, I’m hopeful that we may keep away from a dreaded nationwide common of $5 per gallon this 12 months. Whether or not or not we’re capable of is determined by Individuals slicing demand within the face of sky excessive costs.”
Efficient by way of 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 folks to put on their seat belts, in accordance with a DPS information launch. Operation CARE is a specialised marketing campaign during which troopers search for drivers who’re dashing, intoxicated or violating different legal guidelines.
Troopers will even look ahead to drivers not complying with the state’s “Transfer Over, Gradual Down” regulation.
“Memorial Day all the time means busy highways throughout the state, and we encourage all drivers to take their time to get to their locations safely,” mentioned DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By following site visitors legal guidelines, taking note of different drivers and buckling your seat belt, we will all do our half to make the roads as secure as attainable and benefit from the lengthy Memorial Day vacation.”
Through the 2021 Memorial Day marketing campaign, troopers issued greater than 115,700 citations and warnings together with 6,513 citations for dashing; 1,860 for no insurance coverage; and greater than 1,200 citations for people with out seat belt or little one seat restraints. DPS additionally arrested 445 folks on DWI costs, 333 fugitives and 667 folks for different felony costs.
DPS encourages drivers to comply with these security suggestions throughout Memorial Day weekend and past:
Don’t drink and drive. Make alternate plans in case you are consuming alcohol.
Transfer over or decelerate for police, hearth, EMS, TxDOT automobiles and tow vehicles stopped on the aspect of the highway with emergency lights activated. Present the identical courtesy to fellow drivers who’re stopped on the aspect of the highway. Thus far in 2022, there have been 3,423 violations.
Buckle up everybody within the automobile — it’s the regulation.
Decelerate, particularly in unhealthy climate, heavy site visitors, unfamiliar areas or building zones.
Eradicate distractions whereas driving, together with the usage of cellular gadgets. Texas regulation prohibits the usage of transportable wi-fi gadgets to learn, write or ship an email correspondence until the automobile is stopped. Should you’re utilizing a navigation gadget or app, have a passenger function it so you’ll be able to maintain your eyes on the highway.
Drive defensively, as vacation journey can current further challenges.
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 proper and to make use of the left lane for passing solely (when posted).
Don’t reduce in entrance of enormous vehicles and take a look at to not brake shortly in entrance of them. They’ll’t maneuver as simply as passenger automobiles and pickup vehicles.
Preserve the Texas Roadside Help quantity saved in your cellphone. Dial 1-800-525-5555 for any sort of help. The quantity can be discovered on the again of a Texas Driver License.
Verify your automobile to ensure it’s correctly maintained and all the time guarantee your cargo is safe.
Report highway hazards or something suspicious to the closest regulation enforcement company.
Monitor climate and highway circumstances wherever you’re touring. For highway circumstances and closures in Texas, go to DriveTexas.org.