Meanwhile, two criminal arrests were also made in the area.
TEXAS, United States — The videos above and below are from previous segments.
On September 3, the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted speed enforcement efforts on IH-14 in Bell County.
Speed enforcement operations, according to the DPS, are planned throughout the year to reduce the number of car accidents in the area.
Saturday’s operation focused on IH-14 in Bell County, which has seen an increase in car crashes, with speed being a major contributing factor, according to DPS.
In total, officers stopped 138 vehicles, issued 117 tickets and issued 29 warnings. Meanwhile, two criminal arrests were also made in the area.
As Labor Day approaches, drivers should keep these tips in mind:
- Don’t drink or drive. Make alternate plans if you consume alcohol.
- Move 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 other drivers stopped on the side of the road.
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.
- To slow downespecially in bad weather, heavy traffic, unknown areas or construction areas.
- Eliminate distractions driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits the use of wireless handheld devices to read, write, or send an e-mail message unless the vehicle is turned off. If you’re using a navigation device or app, ask a passenger to operate it so you can keep your eyes on the road.
- Drive safelyas vacation travel can present additional challenges.
- Know your route before starting your journey.
- Don’t drive tired. Allow enough time to reach your destination.
- Keep Texas Roadside Assistance number stored in your phone. Dial 1-800-525-5555 for any type of assistance. The number can also be found on the back of a Texas driver’s license.
- On multi-lane roads, use the left lane just to pass. Not only is it courteous driving and avoids obstructing traffic, but Texas law requires slower-moving vehicles to keep to the right and only use the left lane for passing (when posted) .
- Whether you can Point it, clear it: If you are involved in an accident without injury and your vehicle can be moved, clear the traffic lanes to minimize the impact on traffic. Leaving vehicles in a traffic lane increases traffic congestion and leaves those involved with an increased risk of injury from secondary wreckage. On some highways, if you don’t move your vehicle when it’s safe to do so, you’re breaking the law.
- Do not cut in front of large trucks, and try not to brake quickly in front of them, if possible. They cannot maneuver as easily as passenger vehicles and pickup trucks.
- Check your vehicle to ensure it is properly maintained and always ensure your cargo is secure.
- Report road hazards or anything suspicious to the nearest law enforcement agency.
- Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you travel. For road conditions and closures in Texas, visit Drive in Texas.
Source: Texas Department of Public Safety