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DPS offers holiday driving safety tips


BEAUMONT - From DPS - Many travelers are expected to hit Texas roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to remind every driver to be safe on the roads during the long holiday weekend.


All distractions endanger the safety of the driver, passengers and bystanders. Texting while driving, driving while impaired and drowsy driving are all dangerous driving behaviors that make the roadways unsafe and even deadly for some drivers. Before you get behind the wheel, turn your cell phones off, designate a sober driver and make sure you are well rested to ensure the safety of all motorists traveling this holiday.


DPS Troopers will be patrolling throughout the holiday weekend to promote safety. During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2011, Troopers in Jefferson and Orange counties investigated 21 crashes and three (3) of those crashes were alcohol-related.


The Thanksgiving holiday should be a safe and joyous time. DPS offers the following tips to ensure safe travels:


· Minimize distractions as much as possible. Don't text and drive.


· Don't travel fatigued. Switch drivers or find a safe location and take a break.


· Adjust speed for weather, traffic conditions and emergency vehicles.


· Don't drink and drive; designate a sober driver.


· Make sure everyone in the car is buckled up.

DPS offers holiday driving safety tips

Monday, November 19 2012, 07:25 PM CST
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