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DPS increasing patrols Memorial Day weekend

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: May 25 2013 03:32:33 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas -

More state troopers will be on patrol over Memorial Day weekend to track down drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other traffic violators.

The Click It or Ticket campaign runs through June 2. Unbuckled drivers and passengers face a ticket and up to $200 in fines.

"Memorial Day is a time of reverence and remembrance for all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "DPS encourages Texans to mark the holiday responsibly by adhering to safe driving practices and by not drinking and driving. Troopers will be out in force, and are prepared to issue tickets to drivers disobeying traffic laws in an effort to keep our roadways safe."

Over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, troopers arrested 609 drunk drivers, issued more than 6,000 speeding citations, nearly 1,400 seat belt and child safety restraint tickets, and cited 825 drivers for driving without insurance. Troopers also arrested 264 wanted fugitives and 219 suspects who had outstanding felony warrants. Also, 16 stolen vehicles were recovered.

DPS offers the following advice to drivers:

·         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 and police, fire and EMS vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated - it's the law.