Spring Break is inching closer as March approaches and the Texas Department of Public Safety is offering tips to make sure travelers remain safe during vacations. DPS is reminding Texans to drive responsibly during the break.In a release from DPS, Director Steven McCraw said, “Each year during the weeks of Spring Break – with children out of school and families taking vacation – there’s a good chance that traffic will increase on our roadways. DPS is encouraging drivers to help keep the roads safe for all travelers by adhering to safe driving practices and always driving sober.”
DPS says the following tips will make sure Spring Break travelers are safe:
- Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
- Don’t drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.
- Slow down or move over for tow trucks, as well as police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law.
Troopers along with local law enforcement will be in the coastal areas of the state, enhancing enforcement efforts and looking for speeders, drunk drivers and seat-belt violations.
If traveling outside the United States, check with the U.S. Department of State, state.gov, for up-to-date security information at their destinations. To register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, go to travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.