Rep. Alonzo Joins DPS in Reminding Everyone to Travel Safely & Celebrate Responsibility During the Christmas/New Year’s Holidays
Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo today joined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in reminding everyone to travel safe, and celebrate responsibility during the 2014 Christmas Holidays and through the New Year in 2015. DPS troopers will be stepping up enforcement efforts to ensure safety on the roadways and seek out impaired drivers during the period from December 19 – January 2, and increase DWI patrols for a 15-day period that includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays. From December 19 – January 2, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“As we get ready to embark on one of the most traveled and highly celebrated and busiest holidays of the year, which usually runs for over one full week for most, I would like to remind everyone to slow down, wear their seatbelts, but most importantly, drive sober and celebrate responsibly and safely as we gather for the various family events and celebrations that traditionally come with Christmas and New Year’s” stated Rep. Alonzo.
“We certainly do not want to add to the sad statistics that typically characterize this season of celebration and sharing,” continued Rep. Alonzo.
During the Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 1,505 DWI arrests. DPS enforcement also resulted in 24,928 speeding citations, 2,997 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 1,078 fugitive arrests and 797 felony arrests during the enforcement period. A Texas Department of Transportation grant allows increased patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“Once again, I remind all drivers to plan ahead, and if you drink, don’t’ drive. All drivers should set an example by using good highway safety sense, and this will keep all our highways accident-free. But most importantly, as we celebrate the festive holidays this season, please do keep in mind that it is also important that we remember all our courageous service men and women who are away from their families to serve proudly in the military to protect our rights as Americans, including those who may be coming home for the holidays this year,” Rep. Alonzo concluded.
DPS offers the following additional tips for safe travel during the holidays:
• Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
• 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.
• Don’t drive fatigued.
• Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.