DPS urges travelers to drive safe over the holidays

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

SHERMAN, TX - Christmas Day is Sunday and millions of americans will be driving hundreds of miles to visit family and friends over the holiday weekend. We talked to DPS who says they're stepping up enforcement and urging people to be safe on the roads.

It's christmas time and the Texas Department of Public Safety wants to make sure you arrive at grandma 's house in one piece.

"There's a lot more people on the highways whether their going 50 miles or a thousand miles to visit friends and family," said Texas State Trooper Mark Tackett, "and there's simple things they can do to be safe while their out there on the road."

The DPS advises people to be aware of changing weather conditions, and make sure your car is running smooth and up for the trip. Don't drive tired. If you're sleepy have someone else drive or find a rest stop. Don't speed and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. And never drive drunk.

"There's no reason to drink and drive over the holidays," said Tackett. "If you're going to be with friends and family and you drink, there's going to be other people around that aren't. Designate a driver and get someone to take you home safely."

With so many people traveling this christmas weekend it's extremely important to keep your eyes on the road. Two seconds of inattention is all it takes to cause an accident which is why you need to make sure you and your family are buckled up and whoever is driving needs to keep their cell phone in their pocket."

"They have friend's and family out there that they need to text or talk to and they don't realize the dangers when their behind the wheel of that 1,500 pound weapon going down the highway and how much damage it can do just by crossing over a single line" Tackett said.

Thanks to a 1.5 million dollar TxDot grant, all available troopers will be out patrolling the streets for the rest of the holiday break. But they say it's a small price to pay to save a life.

"It's definitely worth it for us to be out there," Tackett said, "because we're making the roads safer for everybody else that is out traveling and does get to go spend time with their family, and we want that."

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