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Published on May 21, 2024
Texas DPS Launches Memorial Day Traffic Campaign to Enhance Road SafetySource: Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is ramping up its Memorial Day traffic enforcement, kicking off a week-long initiative aiming to keep the roads safer for holiday travelers. The Click It or Ticket and Operation CARE (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) campaigns are underway from May 20 through Memorial Day, May 27.

With a stern warning for Texans hitting the road for the unofficial start of summer, DPS Director Steven McCraw stated, "Memorial Day weekend is commonly recognized as the unofficial kickoff to summer, and, it is important for drivers to remember that our roads will be a busier than usual," as obtained by the Texas Department of Public Safety's website. McCraw pushes for adherence to traffic laws, to buckle up, be courteous, and mindful of others on the road for a safer holiday period.

In the previous year's campaign, the efforts resulted in more than 48,480 citations and warnings, which included tickets for speeding, no insurance, and failing to use seat belts or child restraints. There were also 150 DWI arrests, in addition to 129 fugitives nabbed and 316 arrests on other felony charges. DPS emphasizes the critical necessity of not driving under the influence and encourages motorists to make alternative plans if alcohol consumption is in their plans.

The DPS also reminds drivers of the Move Over, Slow Down law, which requires passing motorists to give room to emergency vehicles that are stopped. As of this date in 2024, there have been already over 3,220 Move Over, Slow Down violations, stressing the need for increased awareness. Driving defensively and cutting out distractions, like those from mobile devices, are also on the safety checklist DPS wants drivers to review. It's not just about law enforcement but about creating a culture of safety and responsibility on the roads. Moreover, in case of an accident, drivers are urged to clear the lane if their vehicle can be moved to avoid secondary accidents, a mandate that can escalate to a legal imperative, on certain highways.

The agency also promotes the Texas Roadside Assistance program for emergencies, with the contact number conveniently placed on the back of the Texas Driver License or reachable at 1-800-525-5555. Additionally, DPS advises all to report suspicious activity through the iWatchTexas program to help preempt threats and maintain community security. For real-time traffic updates, Texans can visit the Drive Texas website for conditions and closures.