During this holiday period, the Highway Patrol Troopers will be assisted by troopers from the commercial vehicle unit, to obtain the goal of safe highways during the holiday.
Troopers will be out in full strength looking for hazardous drivers, such as DWI, speeders, following too closely, cutting in and out of traffic and drivers and passengers not wearing their safety belts.
During this holiday period many fatalities are alcohol related and pedestrians involved. The department reminds drivers that most fatal accidents occur less than 25 miles from home.
If you plan to drink, make sure ahead of time that you have a designated driver who is not drinking any alcohol to help you make it home safely.
During the New Years Holiday period for the past two years the Texas Highway Patrol did not investigate any fatal collisions in Victoria and surrounding counties.
During the 2007/2008 holiday period, Pedro Mendez, 56, was killed in a one-vehicle commercial bus collision on US59, four miles south of Victoria. The vehicle ran off the road and overturned. There were also several people injured in this collision.
During the 2006/2007 Holiday Period Andres Martinez Flores, 41, was killed in a one-vehicle tree collision on Mission River Oaks Road, 25 miles east of Woodsboro. He was not wearing a safety belt.
The Department is asking all motorists to help make our roads and highways safer during the period by not drinking before driving, drive a safe speed, and be courteous to other drivers, and buckle up.
To report collisions, drunk drivers call 911 or DPS Communications for Victoria (361)698-5600.
For Department of Public Safety Stranded/Disable Motorist Helpline phone: 1-800-525-5555 or on cell phone (*377).