Holiday weekends keep law enforcers, emergency crews on alert

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and many other police agencies are increasing patrols over the holiday weekends to stop drunk drivers, speeders and seat belt violators.

Through a statewide campaign, Click It or Ticket, DPS and the Texas Department of Transportation are urging motorists to buckle up or face a fine.

In connection with the Click It or Ticket campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been running an advertising campaign emphasizing seatbelt usage by drivers and passengers in pickup trucks.

Safety belt use reduces the risk of dying in pickup rollover crashes by up to 80 per cent. Much of the NHTSA awareness efforts are directed toward males ages 18 to 34, a group with low safety belt use.

Another nationwide effort designed to reduce fatalities is the C.A.R.E. ­ Combined Accident Reduction Effort ­ program.

State police officers across the nation participate in C.A.R.E., maximizing enforcement on major interstate highways to reduce fatalities commonly associated with holiday weekends.

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