No one ever wants to see "party lights" behind them while they're driving, and this weekend is no exception.

Law enforcement efforts in Texas will be stepped up this weekend due to the extended holiday. They will be looking not only for drunk drivers, but seat belt violators since this is the 16th year of 'Click It or Ticket.'

From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

During the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, DPS Troopers issued nearly 60,000 citations and warnings, including more than 1,000 seat belt and child safety restraint tickets. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 372 DWI arrests, 251 fugitive arrests and 190 felony arrests.

Don't be one of the unlucky ones; do things right! A DWI could cost you upwards of $17,000 for your first offense.

Texas DPS offers the following tips to stay safe over the holiday weekend:

  • Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling.  In the event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways and be aware of your surroundings. For road conditions in Texas, visit

Drive safe, and buckle up -- the life you could save might just be your own!

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