Beware holiday wrecks, thieves
by Chip Latcham
Nov 30, 2013 | 256 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Many of us can recall stories of holiday festivities turned tragic thanks to traffic accidents.

In fact, the Associated Press has issued a warning that Texas troopers will be on the highways watching for people driving drunk and other traffic violators during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

DPS officials this week encouraged travelers to practice safe driving habits and to use seat belts. AAA estimates about 3.4 million Texans will travel during the Thanksgiving holiday period that began Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Last year, troopers during the weekend made 386 DWI arrests. Officers also issued more than 7,500 speeding citations, 875 citations for no insurance and more than 770 seat belt/child safety seat citations.

Already DPS officials were reporting that two people died in a vehicle crash early Wednesday morning, on I-37 about a mile south of FM 534 near Swinney Switch in Live Oak County.

In addition to being extra careful while traveling on already busy Eagle Ford roads during the holidays, motorists should be aware that no refusal programs are being implemented in nearby cities such as Corpus Christi.

Also, officers are watching for thieves who like to take advantage of sometimes distracted shoppers on this Black Friday weekend.

Some theft prevention tips provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles include:

• Hide all valuables.

• Take your keys and never leave a second set in your vehicle.

• Lock your car. Almost half of all stolen vehicles were left unlocked.

• Park in well-lit or heavily-trafficked areas.

• Give parking attendants the ignition key only. Keep your trunk and glove box locked at all times.

• Never leave your car running unattended.

• Install an anti-theft device.

Here’s wishing all our readers safe travels and peaceful shopping. Avoid the mall brawls; shop closer to home.
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