DPS troopers take aim at New Year's Eve traffic violators



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DPS troopers, along with other agencies, will be out in force on New Year's Eve on roadways throughout the Highland Lakes including Texas 71, Texas 29, U.S. 281 and FM 1431 to monitor road safety and catch motorists for safety belt violations, speeding, failure to maintain proof of insurance and drunk driving.





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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is warning New Year's Eve revelers to stay sober and following traffic laws or face starting the new year with jail time and fines.

DPS troopers will be out in force on Texas 71, Texas 29, U.S. 281 and FM 1431 throughout the Highland Lakes area Dec. 31 and Jan 1.

The agency is targeting drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

"The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and it's up to each and every Texan to be responsible behind the wheel so that everyone makes it home safely to their family during the holidays," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Along with other law enforcement partners across the state, DPS will be out in force to identify and remove dangerous drivers from Texas roadways this holiday season."

During the Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS Troopers issued more than 86,000 citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat usage. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 400 DWI arrests, 359 fugitive arrests and 277 felony arrests.

DPS offers the following atips for safe travel:

• Move over or slow down or police, fire, EMS, TXDOT vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated;

• Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol;

• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas;

• Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices;

• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle;

• Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges;

• Don't drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination;

• Monitor weather and road conditions.

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