DPS says that troopers will be increasing patrols all day Sunday, Feb. 7 from 12:01 a.m. to midnight as part of a nationwide initiative. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers violating the law, including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving under the influence.
DPS is also offering the following safety tips on Super Bowl Sunday:
- Don’t drink and drive. If you plan to have alcohol outside of your home, designate a driver or take alternate transportation
- Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, TxDOT vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Show the same courtesy to fellow drivers who are stopped
- Slow down, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, unfamiliar areas or construction zones
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle
- Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of portable wireless devices to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped. Also, if you’re using a navigation device or app, have a passenger operate it so you can keep your eyes on the road.
- If you are involved in a non-injury crash and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lanes. On some highways, if you don’t move your vehicle when it’s safe to do so, it’s against the law.
- Don’t drive fatigued — allow plenty of time to reach your destination
- Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling
DPS is also reminding Texans about its suspicious activity reporting system, iWatchTexas. Confidential reports can be filed online, by calling 1-844-643-2251 or through the iWatchTexas mobile app, available on iOS and Android.
DPS says that iWatchTexas is not designed to report emergencies, so those needing an emergency response are urged to call 911.