AUSTIN -- Department of Public Safety troopers will be out in full force watching for drunk drivers from Monday, Aug. 19 through Monday, Sept. 9, which includes the Labor Day holiday weekend.
DPS says DWI patrols will be in high-risk areas where crashes involving alcohol are the most frequent.
“Keeping Texas roadways safe for all travelers is a vital concern for DPS, and these increased patrols are designed to save lives by getting intoxicated drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The Department urges drivers to mark the Labor Day holiday responsibly by utilizing safe driving practices and not drinking and driving.”
Follow these tips for safe traveling during the holiday weekend:
- Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
- Eliminate distractions, including the usage of mobile devices.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
- Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
- Slow down or move over for tow trucks and police, fire and EMS vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Starting Sept. 1, the law also applies to TxDOT vehicles.
- Don’t drive fatigued.
- Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.
Last year close to 2,000 DWI arrests were made during the Labor Day enforcement effort.
Lakeway police say they will also have officers out in full force over the holiday weekend Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.