DPS Joins Operation C.A.R.E. to Protect Drivers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/26/08

DPS Joins Operation C.A.R.E. to Protect Drivers

People driving to their Thanksgiving destinations will most likely see more state troopers on the roads. Law enforcement agencies across the state are out in full force, targeting speeders, drunk drivers, and seatbelt violators.

The majority of people traveling this season are driving. AAA estimates 41 million people will drive more than 50 miles this weekend. That's why the Texas Department of Public Safety is joining with New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado in a combined accident reduction effort called Operation C.A.R.E.  

Last year, troopers wrote more than 10,000 speeding tickets, nearly 1,500 seatbelt tickets, and made around 400 arrests for drunk driving.

With lower gas prices, DPS expects more people to drive this season, so they want to make sure you make it to your destination safely.  "High visibility is the C.A.R.E. We want to be seen, be a deterrent so there's not a problem. The more you see us, the less likely you are to speed and you will comply with state laws," Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal John Gonzalez said. 

Airline passengers across Texas appear to be forging ahead with their Thanksgiving travel plans, despite the shaky economy.  DFW and Bush Intercontinental Airports both predict a drop in passengers this season, but they say it should be close to the capacity cuts made by airlines.

For those who are catching a flight out of Lubbock Thursday morning, you may want to have a friend or family member drop you off at the airport. Thousands of people flew out of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Wednesday, and the parking lot is almost at capacity. They do have an overflow lot, so don't worry if you do have to take your own car, but it may be easier for folks to get dropped off.  

Those flying out took advantage of the new self-select security lines. So, expert travelers familiar with security rules and policies, were directed to a specific lane. While tavelers with children, special needs or for those who are not as experienced were directed to another lane. 

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