LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Today marks the beginning of Spring Break. Hundreds of families and college students here on the South Plains are preparing to hit the road and head out of town, but the Lubbock Police Department and the Texas Department of Public safety said this time of year can cause danger if people are not safe.
According to DPS, Spring Break causes a high volume of traffic each year.
"Slowing down is the biggest thing because there's going to be a lot of traffic this weekend and next weekend," John Gonzalez, media communication and education sergeant, said.
Since students have just finished their exams, students are excited for their vacation and tend to get behind the wheel right away, he said. This action can lead to fatigue which can cause problems such as speeding or dozing off on the road.
"Fatigue happens to everybody," Gonzalez said, "stop every two hours of travel, do that frequently."
It is also important to have vehicles checked before one heads out on a Spring Break trip.
"Make sure your vehicle is operational," Gonzales said. "Check you tire's pressure, your brakes, your windshield wipers, washer fluid, your AC and that you are not fatigued."
It's also important to not post photos to social media while away from home on vacation.
"We suggest keep your plans to yourself, it's fine to share with those who you're close with," Tiffany Taylor with LPD said. "But when you start to put your plans on social media and the more people know about it, you have no idea where that information is going to end up and whose going to see that information."
That information can lead to home burglaries. When criminals see your vacation photos, they know your home is vacant. Best advice to avoid your home being robbed is to create the illusion you are home when you are not.
LPD sees 150 home burglaries each month, especially during the warmer months.
"Have a friend or trusted neighbor check on your house while your gone, make sure the newspapers don't pile up and that they're getting the mail out of the mail box," Taylor said. "When you start to have mail pile up in the mail box or newspapers pile up on the front porch its a big target saying hey no one is home."
Taylor also advises you to lock up all your valuables while you gone including jewelry and tablets.
"We hope everyone enjoys their vacation whether they are going out of town or staying here in Lubbock," Taylor said. "We just ask that they do it responsibly, don't drink and drive plan ahead to get a sober ride and these home safety tips they're good for all year."
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