DPS increasing patrols for the fourth of July weekend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

DPS increasing patrols for the fourth of July weekend

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

July 1st marks the first day of the fourth of July travel weekend. AAA predicts a slight decrease in people traveling within 50 miles from their home, despite the lower gas prices.

Even though there will be less travelers, the Texas Department of Public Safety will increase patrols till July 6th. They want to remind you, before you pack your bags and head out, follow the law.

Last year during the extended holiday weekend, DPS troopers made 617 DWI arrests, issued 8,882 speeding citations and ticketed more than 1,600 seat belt and child safety seat violators statewide.

DPS will put more troopers on the road to keep the public safe. They are specifically targeting drivers who decide to get behind the wheel drunk.

"Get a designated driver or stay at the location you are at," said Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal, John Gonzales.

They also advise drivers to be prepared, because in this heat you are better safe than sorry. 

"In case you break town, carry water and some snacks for the little ones," Gonzales.

But for some, like Princess Johnson, she is prepared to stay put.

"Not this holiday weekend. We did not plan on traveling," said Johnson.

Like many others, if she had realized prices would fall, she probably would have made plans.

"We didn't realize gas was going down cheap, if we realized that yes we would have been traveling," said Johnson.

Other will travel. DPS says before you go, check your tires and oil. They say they do want you to have fun celebrating our nation's independence, but they offer some last advice.

"Be smart, be responsible and think about it before you do it," said Gonzales.

With the ongoing drought and high risk of wildfires, DPS asks all drivers to avoid tossing your cigarettes out of your car. They say drivers should also avoid stopping or parking their vehicles in the grass, because since the grass is so brown it can quickly catch fire.

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