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Texas troopers and local police warn Memorial Day weekend travelers

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The Texas Department of Public Safety wants Memorial Day weekend travelers to be aware that the police will be out in full force on the roads. The increased patrols will start on Friday, May 24, and run through Monday, May 27. According to DPS, troopers and local police will be looking for “drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators, and other traffic violators statewide.”

According to the DPS, last year's Memorial Day weekend saw troopers arrest 609 drunk drivers, issue more than 6000 speeding tickets, write almost 1400 seat belt and child safety restraint citations, and they cited 825 drivers with no car insurance. The increase in trooper presence last year also led to 10 drug cases and 16 stolen vehicles being recovered.

"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."

Troopers are asking drivers to travel safe during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. They recommend slowing down, particularly if there is bad weather, heavy traffic, or construction. They also advise against using cell phones while driving, and ask everyone to follow the law and use seat belts. Drive defensively and if you feel fatigued, take time to stop and rest. Leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare.

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