DPS Reminding Holiday Travelers to be Exra Viligant

Published 12/23 2013 05:42PM

Updated 12/23 2013 06:05PM

By Alison Morris

LUBBOCK-Corporal John Gonzales with the Department of Public Safety said he hopes everyone will be courteous and above all safe this holiday season, whether finishing up your holiday shopping, or hitting the road to grandma's house.

"Road rage very typical this time of year because people are such in a rush to get where they're going," said Gonzales.

Last year, Gonzales says, more 17,000 speeding tickets were issued state-wide during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

"All our troopers will be out," said Gonzales. "We're encouraging people to slow down."

More than 2,000 citations were handed out for seat belt violations and thousands more than that for DWIs.

"The biggest thing is the drinking and driving," said Gonzales. "Obviously alcohol is readily available, so we're encouraging people to make some wise choices."

Gonzales also warned for folks to stay off of their cell phones, and to avoid pulling off onto the shoulders of the road.

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