The Texas Division of Public Security and Lubbock space legislation enforcement are urging everybody to drive safely as they have a good time the unofficial finish of summer season through the lengthy Labor Day weekend.
The Texas Freeway Patrol shall be growing enforcement from Friday by way of Monday, on the lookout for folks not sporting their seat belts, speeders, folks driving whereas intoxicated and drivers who fail to comply with the state’s Transfer Over, Sluggish Down legislation, amongst different site visitors violations.
“DPS is reminding all drivers that security at all times comes first,” mentioned DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Whereas lengthy weekends are a time to get out and revel in, all of us have to do our half to maintain roads protected, and that’s the reason Troopers shall be out guaranteeing everyone seems to be following the site visitors legal guidelines.”
Throughout the 2020 Labor Day vacation, Troopers issued 71,544 citations and warnings. This included 9,239 citations for dashing; 1,088 seat belt and little one security restraint citations; 1,419 citations for no insurance coverage; and 534 warnings and citations for Transfer Over, Sluggish Down violations. DPS enforcement efforts additionally resulted in 402 DWI arrests, 802 felony arrests and 200 fugitive arrests.
Drivers are inspired to comply with the following tips through the Labor Day vacation:
Don’t drink and drive. Make alternate plans in case you’re consuming alcohol.
Transfer Over or Sluggish Down for police, fireplace, EMS, TxDOT automobiles and tow vans stopped on the facet of the street with emergency lights activated. Present the identical courtesy to fellow drivers who’re stopped on the facet of the street. To this point in 2021, there have been 8,950 violations.
Buckle up everybody within the automobile — it’s the legislation.
Decelerate, particularly in dangerous climate, heavy site visitors, unfamiliar areas or development zones.
Remove distractions whereas driving, together with the usage of cell units. Texas legislation prohibits the usage of transportable wi-fi units to learn, write or ship an email correspondence until the automobile is stopped. If you happen to’re utilizing a navigation machine or app, have a passenger function it so you may hold your eyes on the street.
Drive defensively, as vacation journey can current further challenges.
Know your route earlier than starting your journey.
Don’t drive fatigued. Enable loads of time to achieve your vacation spot.
On multi-lane roads, use the left lane for passing solely. Not solely is it courteous driving and avoids impeding site visitors, Texas legislation requires slower site visitors to maintain to the proper and to make use of the left lane for passing solely (when posted).
If you happen to can Steer It, Clear It: In case you are concerned in a non-injury crash and your automobile might be moved, clear the site visitors lanes to reduce site visitors impression. Leaving automobiles 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, in case you don’t transfer your automobile when it’s protected to take action, you’re violating the legislation.
Don’t minimize in entrance of enormous vans, and take a look at to not brake rapidly in entrance of them, if attainable. They will’t maneuver as simply as passenger automobiles and pickup vans.
Examine your automobile to verify it’s correctly maintained and at all times guarantee your cargo is safe.
Report street hazards or something suspicious to the closest legislation enforcement company.
Monitor climate and street situations wherever you’re touring. For street situations and closures in Texas, go to Drive Texas.
Operation CARE (Crash Consciousness and Discount Effort) will run concurrently. Operation CARE is an initiative amongst police businesses throughout the nation, together with the Texas Freeway Patrol. It will increase enforcement efforts throughout designated intervals all year long, together with holidays like Labor Day.