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Troopers urge safe holiday driving

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TEXAS - The Texas Department of Public Safety said they would have all available troopers on Texas roadways during the New Year's holiday.

They'll be looking for drivers who are drunk, for speeders and for those who are not wearing safety belts.

'Slow down and live,' said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., director of TxDOT.

'Speeding is the number one killer on Texas roadways.

'Making sure you're driving the speed limit—or drastically reducing your speed in bad weather or in crowded road conditions—can mean the difference between life and death.

'We want to make sure you get to your destination safely.'

The New Year's enforcement period will run from Friday, Dec. 29 through midnight on Monday, Jan. 1.

Last year during the New Year's holiday period, highway patrol troopers made 461 DWI arrests.

They also issued 6,671 speeding tickets and 1,432 tickets for seatbelt violations—including 188 citations for child safety seat violations.

'Be sure to designate a driver if you're planning on consuming alcohol. Drinking and then driving is a bad way to celebrate the holidays. And, as always, you should buckle up,' Col. Davis said.

Texas troopers offer the following helpful hints for a happier driving experience during the holidays and throughout the year:

• Slow down—speed is the number one killer on Texas roads. Bad weather can create conditions where slowing down can save your life, or the lives of others around you.

• Drive sober—designate a driver who hasn't consumed alcohol. Calling a cab is much cheaper than paying for the consequences of a DWI charge.

• Wear your seatbelt—being properly secured can increase the odds of surviving a serious crash. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. Children should be secured in the appropriate car seat or booster seat.

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