Rep. Alonzo Reminds Everyone To Drive Safely & Responsibly
As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo today joined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in reminding everyone to drive safely and responsibly as there will be increased patrolling by DPS and other law enforcement agencies during the traditionally busy extended holiday weekend. Additionally, Rep. Alonzo reminds everyone to remember all our dedicated, hard workers during the Labor Day Holiday weekend, but especially on Monday, September 1, which is Labor Day 2014 – a holiday that pays tribute all labor workers across the US.
“As we prepare to celebrate one of the busiest and traditional American holidays weekends of the year – Labor Day – I encourage all Texans to drive safely and responsibly on our roads and highways, be extra cautious, take their time, and be well-prepared as they climb into their vehicles to celebrate and travel to visit families and friends. Because of the added congested traffic that traditional holidays like Labor Day usually bring, our neighborhood streets, freeways, and highways will be extremely busy. This means there will be more Texans traveling all over the state. To make sure we enjoy a happy and grateful holiday, I encourage all travelers to take the extra time to slow down, buckle up, and drive sober. It only takes a split second for a serious accident to happen and then turn our families into a time of mourning rather than into a time of celebration for what we have as Texans and Americans,” said Rep. Alonzo.
“Equally important, it is necessary to recognize and honor during this holiday weekend all labor workers across the US and Texas, as they are the foundation which has helped our state and country achieve its economic status worldwide and have made this nation the most powerful nation in the world,” expressed Representative Alonzo. “It is important we also recognize that due to the struggles that the American labor movement faced in search of its rights, the American Union is now governed by a policy of justice, equality, democracy and freedom,” continued Rep. Alonzo.
During the Labor Day enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 1,682 DWI arrests, and approximately 218 of those were the direct result of the increased patrols.
Last year during this same time period, DPS enforcement also resulted in 24,443 speeding citations, 3,541 seat belt/child safety seat citations. In addition, troopers made 1,223 fugitive arrests and 977 felony arrests during routine patrol operations.
DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Labor Day holiday:
-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 police, fire and EMS vehicles as well as tow trucks and TxDOT vehicles stopped on -the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law.
-Don’t drive fatigued.
-Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
-Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.