Media and Communications Office
DPS Ramps Up
Enforcement For Memorial Day Weekend
– This Memorial Day weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is
joining law enforcement efforts across the state to help keep Texas roadways
safe and encourage motorists to practice safe driving habits. From Friday, May
24, through Monday, May 27, DPS Troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated
drivers, as well as drivers violating speed limit, seat belt and other traffic
Day pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving and
protecting our country, and we know many of you will spend the long holiday
weekend with family and friends to honor these heroic men and women,” said DPS
Director Steven McCraw. “As you make plans for this weekend, we’re asking all
Texans to make safety a top priority. If you’re on the road, be sure to drive
sober, wear your seatbelt and obey all traffic laws to help prevent senseless
tragedies from occurring. DPS will do our part to keep Texans safe by ramping
up patrols on our roadways this Memorial Day weekend.”
the 2018 Memorial Day holiday weekend, DPS Troopers issued nearly 65,000
citations and warnings, including 1,203 seat belt and child safety restraint
tickets. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 391 DWI arrests, 225
fugitive arrests and 229 felony arrests.
also supports the state’s “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign, which runs
through June 2. Now in its 17th year, “Click It or Ticket” encourages drivers
and passengers to comply with state seat belt laws.
are urged to follow these safety tips this Memorial Day weekend:
- Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if
you are consuming alcohol.
- Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of
Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with
emergency lights activated. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers
stopped along the road.
- If you can Steer It, Clear It: If you are
involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicle can be moved, clear the
traffic lanes to minimize the impact on traffic. Leaving vehicles in a
traffic lane not only increases traffic congestion, but it also leaves
those involved with an increased risk of harm and chance for a secondary
collision. On some highways, it is actually a violation of the law to not
move your vehicle over when it is safe to do so.
- Slow down — especially in bad weather, construction
areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use
of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to
read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.
- Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present
- Don’t drive fatigued — allow plenty of time to reach
- If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything
suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
- On multi-lane roadways, use the left lane for passing
only. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids impeding traffic, Texas
law requires slower traffic to keep to the right and to only use the left
lane for passing (when posted).
- Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is
properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is
- Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are
traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit Drive Texas.