From July 1 through July 4, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will join other law enforcement agencies in looking for intoxicated drivers, speeding, seatbelt and other traffic violators.
DPS is using extra caution during the Independence Day weekend to help insure safety for Texans.
Safety tips from DPS for the holiday include:
Do not drink and drive.
Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, traffic and unfamiliar areas.
Monitoring weather conditions, especially in inclement weather, avoid high water, use extra caution on roadways.
Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices
Buckle up everyone in the vehicle, wear seat belts always. “Click It or Ticket.”
Be careful when driving off road since hot catalytic converters can ignite dry vegetation.
Do not use personal fireworks-attend sanctioned, professional displays instead.
Never toss a cigarette out of a car window and do not put cigarettes out on the ground.
Keep a fire extinguisher and water handy if cooking outdoors or during a campfire.
Slow down or move over for tow trucks, police, fire department, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.
Move over a lane or slow down if you see a fellow motorist on the side of the road.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation in 2015, 960 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 27 percent of the total number of last year’s traffic fatalities.