Highway enforcement increases for ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign as Memorial Day weekend approaches
DPS reminds drivers to travel safe and provides a list of safety tips
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety reminds drivers to travel safely as the month of May closes out and heads into the Memorial Day holiday. Starting Monday, May 24 through Monday, May 31, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers will engage in Click It or Ticket, an enforcement campaign encouraging people to wear their seat belt. They will also participate in Operation CARE (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort), seeking drivers who are intoxicated, speeding or breaking other traffic laws. Troopers will also keep an eye out for those not following the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law.
“Roads across the state are getting busier as people begin summer travel,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “With Memorial Day at the end of the month, we encourage Texans, and visitors to our state, to focus on the intent of the day — remembering those who gave their lives serving our country. Honor those sacrifices by doing your part to stay safe on the road. Buckle your seat belt, obey all traffic laws and do not drink and drive.”
Troopers issued more than 27,000 citations and warning during the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, including more than 10,600 warnings and citations for speeding and more than 1,000 warning and citations for seat belt and child safety restraint violations. 288 DWI citations, 409 fugitive arrests and 77 felony arrests were also included in DPS enforcement efforts.
Here are a few safety tips for Memorial Day weekend that DPS encourages drivers to follow:
- Do not drink and drive, and make alternative plans if you are consuming alcohol.
- Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Also, show the same respect to other drivers who are stopped on the side of the road. In 2021, there have been 5,645 violations so far.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.
- Slow down, especially in dangerous conditions such as bad weather, heavy traffic, unfamiliar areas or construction zones.
- Avoid distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. According to Texas law, the use of portable wireless devices to read, write or send an electronic message, unless the vehicle is stopped, is prohibited. When using a navigation device or app, have a passenger manage it, and keep your eyes on the road.
- Considering holiday travel can present additional challenges, drive defensively.
- Use the left lane for passing only, on multi-lane roads. It is considered courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic. According to Texas law, slower traffic is required to keep right and to use left lane when passing only (when posted).
- If you can Steer It, Clear It, meaning if you are involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lanes to reduce traffic impact. Leaving vehicles in a traffic lane increases traffic congestion and poses risk of harm or secondary wrecks for those involved. On some highways it is against the law to not move your vehicle when its safe to do so.
- Inspect your vehicle to ensure it is properly maintained and your cargo is secure.
- Report road hazards or anything suspicious to the nearest law enforcement agency.
- Keep track of weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. Visit Drive Texas for information on road conditions and closures in Texas.
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