DPS Troopers Out in Full Force For Thanksgiving Travel

Troopers are sacrificing time with their families so you can safely get to yours.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

Corporal John Gonzalez has been a part of the Texas Department of Public Safety for 28 years but when it comes to Thanksgiving he is just like me and you.

Turkey dark,” Gonzalez laughed “And mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.”

He has his favorite foods and is a big fan of the Cowboys.

“I’m not going to watch it because I normally give it bad luck,” Gonzalez said of the Cowboys game. “So I am not going to watch any of the game; I am not even going to listen to it on the radio.”  

But his love for all things Thanksgiving takes a back seat to his job.

“We provide a service and it is not intentionally to go out there and give somebody a ticket or put people in jail,” Gonzalez said. “It is to protect the people out on the road way and make sure they get home safely.”

More than 45 million Americans will hit the roads this week.

Corporal Gonzalez and his troopers are sacrificing holidays with their families to make sure you make it safely to yours.

“We’re encouraging people obviously to slow down,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve had inclement weather in the last recent days so if you are traveling make yourself aware of what the traveling conditions are.”

Another issue they are keeping an eye out for is speeding.

Corporal Gonzalez said last year they issued more than 7,000 citations this week alone.

“Lastly, not least, are the drinking and driving issues,” Gonzalez said. “That is always something that is readily available at holidays and people take advantage of that, so if you decide to drink, please don’t drive.”

Corporal Gonzalez said they are not out to ruin the holidays they really just want to keep everyone safe.

“If they slow down we’re not going to stop them,” Gonzalez said. “If they are wearing their seatbelt, we’re not going to stop them. Obviously, if they are not drinking and driving they will never ever have to go to jail.” 

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