Local law enforcement increases patrol Memorial Day weekend

Local law enforcement increases patrol Memorial Day weekend

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Texas Department of Public Safety is joining forces with law enforcement partners during the Memorial Day weekend to help crack down on intoxicated driving.

Starting Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29, law enforcement in the Amarillo District will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, drivers violating the speed limit, not wearing set belts, and those not following other traffic laws.

Drivers should take a variety of measures to enhance safety on our roads this Memorial Day weekend, including:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law. In other words, “Click It or Ticket.”
  • Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double-check to make sure all cargo is secure.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Monitor weather conditions wherever you are traveling.  In the event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways, and never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways.

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