Texas Agencies Increase Traffic Enforcement for Holiday Weekend

During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, DPS troopers issued more than 73,000 traffic citations and warnings for violations, including 8,449 speeding and 1,005 seat belt/child safety seat citations.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies in Texas and several other states are increasing their patrols during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. DPS announced that its troopers and other Texas law enforcement agencies will be patrolling around-the-clock during the extended weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators, and motorists who are endangering themselves or the public.

The agency posted a reminder urging drivers to celebrate the holiday responsibly. "As Texans are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, DPS is reminding drivers of their duty to help keep our roadways safe – and we urge everyone to take this responsibility seriously," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "We are especially thankful this holiday for our troopers and other law enforcement partners who will be giving up part of their holiday and time with their families to help patrol Texas roads and keep us safe."

During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, DPS troopers issued more than 73,000 traffic citations and warnings for violations, including 8,449 speeding and 1,005 seat belt/child safety seat citations. DPS patrols also resulted in 324 driving while intoxicated arrests, 290 fugitive arrests, and 235 felony arrests during the same time period.

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