DPS ups patrol during Labor Day weekend

The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a reminder for drivers to use caution on the road through the Labor Day weekend, when troopers are expected to be out in full force.

In an effort to keep roads safer, DPS urged the importance of reminding drivers to do their part to keep the roads safe, according to an agency news release.

“Every time you get behind the wheel, you have an obligation to drive responsibly as your actions could either protect or endanger yourself and others,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in the release. “At DPS, we’ll be doing our part to help keep everyone safe by increasing patrols and enforcing traffic laws.”

Highway patrol will be increasing the number of troopers on the road beginning Friday and continuing through Monday. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who are not adhering to the “Move Over, Slow Down” law, who are not wearing seat belts, speeding and driving while intoxicated, among other traffic violations, according to the news release.

DPS also offered some safety tips for drivers to follow during the Labor Day weekend:

>> Make alternate travel plans if intending to consume alcohol.

>> If uninjured from a crash, clear the traffic lanes if your vehicle can be moved to minimize the impact on traffic.

>> Move over or slow down for any emergency vehicles.

>> Slow down in bad weather and areas of construction, heavy traffic and unfamiliar places.

>> Eliminate distractions while driving.

>> Buckle up everyone in the vehicle.

>> Drive defensively.

>> Don’t drive fatigued.

>> If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.

>> On multi-lane roadways, use the left lane for passing only.

>> Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.

>> Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you’re traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit Drive Texas.

The increase in law enforcement presence this weekend is in conjunction with Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort, or CARE, which is an initiative among agencies throughout the country to increase enforcement efforts during designated time periods throughout the year, including holidays.