Spring Break driving safety

Spring Break

(KYTX) - Spring Break is just days away, and that means many high school and college students will be hitting the roads. Also out on the roads next week, law enforcement agencies from across the state.

DPS says they want everyone to have a great time next week, but make no mistake, troopers will be on the lookout for unsafe driving. You can avoid getting pulled over though by following three key pieces of advice:

  • Don't drink and drive
  • Buckle up your seatbelt
  • Don't speed

"Wish I could start this week, but I can't. I'm going to Panama City."

21-year-old Jael Barrera has a long drive ahead of him, and he's not the only one.

"I'm actually going to my future brother-in-law's bachelor party."

UT Tyler student Charlie Wilson is flying to Vegas for Spring Break, but he says he has plenty of friends hitting the road.

"I know some people are going to Florida. Some people are going to California. And, some people just stay around Texas and go to some of the beaches, like in Galveston- stuff like that."

DPS trooper Jean Dark says along with all the Spring Breakers, law enforcement will also be out patrolling Texas highways next week, making sure people are driving safely.

"Really targeting areas that we know have a lot of traffic in addition to those hours that are commonly associated with intoxicated drivers. So, we'll be specifically looking for DWI drivers, seat belt violators and speeders." she says.

All offenses that Dark says are easily prevented.

"Make sure that you have a plan ahead of time, right. Just, have a plan. We want everybody to have a great Spring Break, have a lot of fun, but do it responsibly."

"They don't have to worry about me."

Barrera says he's taking state traffic laws seriously on his 11-hour drive.

"I'll be driving the speed limit since I don't know the way over there."

He says he'll also be playing it safe outside Texas borders.

"I'm not planning on driving over there. Pretty much, just staying on the strip. We're just walking everywhere and there should be some shuttles over there."

Because, he says staying out of trouble is worth it to avoid getting a ticket or spending the night in jail.

 During last year's Spring Break enforcement period, DPS troopers made more than 1,000 DWI arrests. DPS issued about 9,400 speeding tickets and 1,500 seat-belt related tickets.

The increase in patrols that target drunk drivers is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.


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