By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As people ring in the New Year, icy road conditions and an increase in drunk driving could mean trouble for those leaving home to celebrate.
DPS says these icy roads have caused ten accidents just this week. That includes Tuesday morning's fatal accident on I-27. Angelica Morales was killed after her SUV spun out of control. "She approached the overpass and was in the passing lane. She lost control because of the ice causing her to go sideways and then over turn into the median," said DPS Corporal John Gonzalez.
While New Years and drinking often go hand in hand, these icy roads and intoxicated drivers make a deadly combination. "Any precipitation that's on the ground is going to be the black ice or icy road conditions, so again toppled with drinking and the icy road conditions that not a good mixture," said Gonzalez.
All available DPS Troopers will be on patrol starting Thursday night until Sunday Night looking for violators. Last New Years in Texas DPS arrested over 300 drunk drivers and issued more than 5,000 speeding tickets. "Slowing down is the first thing, leaving early and making plans well ahead of time, and plan to stay where your or find someone who will pick you up," said Gonzalez.
There are some ways to get home safely. AAA is continuing its "Tipsy Tow" program. They'll come pick you up and tow your vehicle for free as long as it's ten miles from where they pick you up. That service will last from 6 p.m. Thursday night until 11:59 p.m. Friday night. The number is 1-800-400-4222.
Yellow cab will also be in full force. Their service is not free but they can be reached at 806-765-7777.
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