City, county and state law enforcement will be extra vigilant this Labor Day weekend.
“We encourage drivers and passengers to buckle up, slow down, put down the phone and, of course, never drink and drive,” said David Ferguson, City of New Braunfels communications officer for the period. from Thursday to Monday which marks the unofficial end. of summer.
The Texas Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober/No Regrets” campaign is asking all Texans to do one simple thing: Don’t drive after drinking any amount of alcohol.
The campaign shares personal testimonies from real offenders and survivors that challenge any idea the public may have that they can avoid the consequences.
drunk driving. He emphasizes the importance of always finding an economical ride and the many options available.
TxDOT says the campaign reminds drivers and motorcyclists to avoid driving while intoxicated or risk injuring someone, killing someone or facing significant costs such as fines and fees. , the loss of their driver’s license, probation and even prison sentences. The message is especially timely this Labor Day weekend, when many people are celebrating the end of summer.
“We encourage people to enjoy the long weekend, but to do so responsibly,” said James Bass, executive director of the TxDOT program, available online at SoberRuides.org. “If you plan to drink alcohol and go out, plan a sober commute. It’s an easy decision that can prevent senseless tragedies and save lives.
Locally, an influx of visitors is expected for the last hurrah of river recreation of the summer. Many are traveling by air, with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) predicting more than 30,000 passengers Thursday and Friday at San Antonio International Airport.
A survey by AAA Texas shows that 30% of Americans will hit the road, with these vacations offering less pain at the gas pump.
The statewide average gas price fell for the ninth straight week, with AAA reporting that the statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fell to $3.445 on Saturday, the prices should continue to fall.
“We are seeing prices continue to drop across the state,” said Daniel Armbruster of AAA Texas, who urges those taking long car trips to be patient, plan ahead and make sure that their vehicles are in good working order.
Those with heavy feet on the throttle be warned – as Ferguson said the NBPD’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program will have additional officers on patrol this weekend. The STEP program, funded by federal and state safety programs, is always active throughout the year but becomes even more active during holiday periods.
“They will watch for distracted drivers, speeders, drunk drivers, those not wearing seatbelts and those who disregard traffic lights and markings at busy intersections,” Ferguson said about additional officers patrolling until Monday. “It’s all part of an effort to make the streets of New Braunfels safer.”
Deputies from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, precinct constables’ offices and Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife officials will monitor area roads, lakes and rivers. All agencies will increase staff to patrol heavier than usual traffic points such as US 281 from the Blanco County line to Bulverde, the always busy intersection of Farm-to-Market Roads 306 2673, along River Road and over Canyon Lake.
Sheriff Mark Reynolds is hiring additional officers in the parks and around Canyon Lake, where the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the county’s Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) will monitor park areas and boat ramps.
“Movies are also patrolling the boat ramps, as much as possible,” Reynolds said. “But we will have full teams on the lake, on the river and in the parks this weekend.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety offers these tips for safe travel:
Don’t drive drunk or make other travel plans if you’re consuming alcohol – designate a sober driver, contact a taxi or ride-sharing service, use public transportation, or stay overnight.
Slow down, especially in bad weather, in construction zones, in heavy traffic and in unfamiliar areas.
Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of a wireless handheld device to read, write, or send an e-mail message unless the vehicle is turned off.
Buckle your seat belt in the vehicle, it’s the law.
Don’t drive tired — allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
Drive carefully, as holiday travel can present additional challenges.
Report road hazards or suspicious occurrences to the nearest law enforcement agency.
Before your journey begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always check to make sure all cargo is secure.
Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are. For road conditions in Texas, visit drivetexas.org.
Source: Texas Department of Public Safety