Authorities Ask Drivers To Remember The Rules Of The Road This Holiday

DPS says it’s beefing up highway enforcement for the holidays.

Houston Police clear an accident on rain-slick I-45.
Houston Police clear an accident on rain-slick I-45.

AAA expects over 8 million Texans will travel this holiday, mostly by car. Authorities say those trips will be a lot safer if drivers remember a few basic rules.

Road conditions can change quickly during the holidays in Texas. A warm sunny morning can turn into a cold and rainy afternoon.

But DPS Trooper Richard Standifer says some drivers refuse to slow down when the roads get wet.

“And they don’t realize that they could receive a citation for unsafe speed,” says Standifer. “They don’t understand what that means. You’re not receiving a citation for speeding. Your speed was unsafe as to the conditions of the roadway.”

Standifer was a guest on Houston Matters along with HPD Senior Officer Don Egdorf.

Egdorf says one of the biggest problems he sees is red-light runners.

“People just don’t pay attention to the signal that’s going to change,” says Egdorf. “People in Houston tend to think that yellow means hurry up and get through before it turns red, as opposed to giving you a warning that’s it’s about to turn, so you should slow down.”

Egdorf says there’s also too much texting and driving.

“Obviously (texting is) not illegal in the city of Houston, not illegal in the state of Texas,” says Egdorf. “But it’s certainly a problem and it certainly causes crashes.”

DPS says it’s beefing up highway enforcement for the Christmas and New Year’s weekends. Also some local departments will have extra patrols with the help of a TxDOT grant.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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