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2009-07-02 / Community News

Be patriotic: Drive safely for July 4 Holiday

Texas drivers are urged to drive safely during the July 4 holiday weekend. Starting Friday and going through midnight on Sunday, Texas Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force, looking for people who are driving drunk, speeding or not wearing safety belts.

Last year during the extended holiday weekend (July 3-6), DPS troopers made 772 driving while intoxicated arrests and issued 12, 918 speeding citations. During that same weekend, they issued 3,026 tickets for safety belt violations and 434 for child safety seat violations.

Troopers are participating in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort)-a nationwide campaign by state police agencies to reduce fatalities during holiday periods. They are also participating in Operation Holiday-a statewide effort by law enforcement to reduce fatalities during holiday weekends.

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