DPS Troopers advise safety for Memorial Day Weekend

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Memorial Day weekend is one of the highlights of summer vacation for many families, but it's also one of the most dangerous weekends for traffic violations.

Last year, DPS Troopers arrested over 600 DWI offenses and issued over 6,000 speeding citations in the state.

14,000 citations were also issued for child safety concerns.

DPS Spokesperson David Hendry says this weekend is the time to be careful because troopers will be on the lookout.

"We want to stress to everyone in the motoring public to drive safely. There are a lot of things that you can do to do that including wear a seatbelt, don't drink and drive, especially don't text and drive because distractions are becoming a big problem. For those that are traveling, be prepared and don't drive fatigued. Fatigue is a big issue when you start driving long distances," Hendry said.

Hendry says most of the violations that happen during Memorial Day weekend are DWI offenses.

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