Holiday travel clogs Texas roads, DPS in full force

Roads busy with holiday travelers

CENTRAL TEXAS - Millions are packing up and hitting the road for Thanksgiving, but with the added congestion the Department of Public Safety is hoping you plan ahead before getting behind the wheel.

Last year during Thanksgiving weekend, DPS troopers issued over 28,000 traffic citations and warning, including 219 arrests for driving while intoxicated.

Troopers are urging drivers to plan ahead to avoid rushing, don't drive if you're feeling tired and get plenty of rest: especially for those long drives.

And of course, they're looking for people to eliminate distractions like texting and driving.

A recent study using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows Texas ranked as number one state for the worst drivers.

The report was based on five categories:

  1. Fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled
  2. Speeding
  3. Drunk driving
  4. Careless driving which included pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities
  5. Failure to obey traffic signals or wear seatbelts

Texas scored top 15 in all groups.

DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Thanksgiving holiday:

  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
  • Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated, it’s the law.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.

DPS says they will be out in full force Wednesday through Sunday.

Click here, for data on other states that made the list of worst drivers.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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