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12/22/09

Troopers increase patrols for the holidays

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas State Troopers are stepping up patrols for the holidays, starting Wednesday.  AAA predicts holiday traffic will be up, for the first time in three years. That's why troopers want to get the message out.

"We're encouraging people to slow down. That's the biggest issue, is slowing down," Texas Department of Safety Corporal John Gonzalez said.  AAA expects nearly 78-million people to hit the road this season, that's up nearly 5% from last year.

To make sure drivers get to their destinations safely, all available troopers will be on patrol. Last year, Texas saw more than 39,000 traffic accidents in December. DPS reminds folks to buckle up.  Also remember, children five to eight need to be a booster seat, and state law now requires everyone in the vehicle to fasten their seat-belts," Gonzalez said. 

"We hope people will be responsible, make some wise choices. Don't drink and drive, designate some drivers, call someone to come and get you," Gonzalez said.  The five day period around Christmas last year accounted for 65% of alcohol related deaths in December. Alcohol was a factor in nearly 30% of all crashes in Texas last year.

Gonzales tells us they'll have increased patrols through Monday, and then again through the New Year holiday.

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