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DPS boosts state trooper presence on Texas roads for Thanksgiving holiday weekend

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Officers will be looking for speeders, drinkers, and drivers not following the "Move Over, Slow Down" law.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced increased law enforcement presence on Texas roads beginning today and continuing through Sunday. DPS says state troopers will be looking for people not wearing seat belts, driving while intoxicated or speeding.

Officers will also be on the lookout for people failing to follow the Move Over, Slow Down law. That’s the law that requires you to do one of two things when approaching law enforcement or service vehicles pulled off onto the highway shoulder. Drivers must either move over to the far lane or slow down to 20 MPH below the posted speed limit if remaining in the lane closest to the official or service vehicle.

Troopers will also be looking for drivers using their cell phones. Last year, Texas state troopers issued more than 36,000 warnings and citations and made more than 400 arrests over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. DPS asks drivers to use courtesy and common sense if traveling for the holiday and to be cautious when driving in unfamiliar areas or areas under construction. DPS also reminds drivers that a 1-800 number for Texas Roadside Assistance is located on the back of your driver’s license. Also, the state website DriveTexas.gov has a map indicating current construction projects and closures due to major accidents.