DPS looking for violators this holiday season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/25/09

DPS looking for violators this holiday season

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day are the most traveled days during the year. Surprisingly Thanksgiving Day is when the roads will be most crowded, leaving law enforcement on the hunt for violators.

"When we're out on the highways troopers will all be looking for the speed violations, obviously that's the biggest thing we're looking for," said Department of Public Safety Corporal John Gonzalez.

DPS also warns drivers to pay attention to the road and to avoid distractions like texting while driving. "Not wearing seat belts, over correcting and texting are big issues right now. We're encouraging people please do not be on a cell phone while you're driving this holiday season," said Gonzalez.

For those people flying, making up about 5-6 percent of holiday travelers, TSA says they're doing more this year to make your airport visit a smooth one. "TSA is fully staffed which we've never been staffed at the level we're staffed right now. If the travelers are prepared, it's going to be a smooth transition," said Assistant Federal Security Director Ron Thornton.

Regardless of how you travel this holiday season, the main thing is to stay safe. "Loved ones are more important at this point so we encourage people be responsible and think about what they're doing before they do it," said Gonzalez.

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