AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers on Texas roadways to adhere to all traffic laws and use extra caution when driving during the weeks of Spring Break, when highway traffic can increase.
“Safe driving practices and complying with traffic laws help drivers avoid dangerous or life-threatening situations on Texas roads,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS is encouraging individuals to always drive sober and distraction free in an effort to help keep travelers safe during the busy Spring Break travel season.”
DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Spring Break holiday:
• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices.
• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
Don’t drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.
• Slow down or move over for tow trucks, as well as police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law.
DPS troopers and local law enforcement in the coastal areas of Texas will also be keeping our roads safe by enhancing enforcement efforts during Spring Break, looking for speeders, drunk drivers and seat-belt violators.
U.S. citizens traveling abroad should always check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest security information related to their travel destination. Those traveling out of the country can also register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by visiting http:// travel.state.gov/content/ passports/english/country. html.