AUSTIN: Road Safety Preparations Underway for Labor Day Weekend
In an effort to keep motorists safe from the onslaught of traffic coming into the city for Labor Day weekend celebrations, Department of Public Safety Troopers will join local law enforcement in looking for drivers who disregard traffic laws. From September 2 to September 5, patrol efforts will be doubled to ensure that motorists will abide by traffic laws to ensure public safety and to keep reckless and impaired drivers off the road.
“During the Labor Day weekend, troopers will be on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers, and we are urging drivers to do their part by strictly obeying traffic laws and finding alternative transportation if they plan to drink.”
--Steven McCraw, DPS Director
Last year's data shows that Labor Day holiday enformencent period troopers arrested 488 intoxicated violators, 8,515 speeding citations, 1,091 seat belt citations, and 1,062 citations for driving without insurance. 278 fugitive arrests and 224 felony arrests were also made at the same time.
- Here is the official list of safety tips issued by the DPS for motorists travelling to Austin over the weekend:
- Don’t drink and drive – designate a driver or take a cab.
- Eliminate distractions, including the usage of mobile devices.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
- Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
- Slow down or move over for police, fire and EMS vehicles as well as tow trucks and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. (When you see a fellow motorist on the side of the road, slow down or move over a lane for them too, if it is safe to do so.)
- Don’t drive fatigued.
- Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.