During this holiday period, Highway Patrol troopers will be assisted by commercial vehicle, and drivers license troopers. Special emphasis will be shown for hazardous violations such as speeding, following too close, erratic lane changes and driving while intoxicated.
Last year, over the Christmas holiday period, troopers did not investigate any fatal collisions for Victoria and surrounding counties. During the 2007 holiday period, Polito Garcia and Diana Balboa were killed in a motorcycle crash on State Highway 185 in Calhoun County; both were not wearing a helmet.
During the 2006 Christmas holiday period, there were no fatal collisions. In 2005 there were two fatal collisions in Victoria and surrounding counties.
Colby Cutbirth, 18, was killed in a one-vehicle tree collision on County Road 123 in Jackson County. He was not wearing a safety belt.
Edgar Garay-Maldonado, 21, was killed in a one-vehicle tree collision on State Highway 202 at US 183 in Refugio. No seat belt was worn.
To make this a safe holiday for you and your family, the DPS is urging all motorists to buckle up and drive within the posted speed limits.
Do not follow too close, try a three- to four-second following distance, and don’t drink and drive. Remember to slow down in bad weather, construction areas and in heavy traffic.
To report collisions or drunk drivers, call 911 or DPS communications at 361-698-5600. For the Department of Public Safety Stranded/ Disabled Motorist Help-line, call 1-800-525-5555.