Operation CARE begins, Texas DPS troopers out in full force during holiday weekend

Holiday traffic on Interstate 35. Operation CARE starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday...
Holiday traffic on Interstate 35. Operation CARE starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday evening.(TxDOT)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:26 PM CST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Texas state troopers will be out in full force this holiday weekend as part of Operation CARE, which stands for Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort.

It’s a nation-wide initiative, and troopers will be looking for people breaking traffic laws such as speeding, driving recklessly, and driving without a seat belt.

DPS Sgt. Ryan Howard said when there is a lot of traffic on the road, issues can come up.

“People start to get a little antsy, and they start doing different things such as driving recklessly, following too closely, and causing those crashes,” Sgt. Howard said. “We want to make sure that we have an increased patrol, we have that presence out there, so people are aware that we’re there, they slow down, and make sure that everyone can get to where they’re going safely.”

Howard said they’re looking out for people speeding and driving recklessly because those behaviors can often lead to crashes.

“We look for speeders, we look for people following too closely, and creating those hazards, traveling with a motor vehicle, mainly because we know that those things lead to car crashes, and we want to prevent those from occurring.”

Last year, DPS issued just over 59,000 citations and warnings, including 6,460 for speeding. This year, troopers are also participating in Click It or Ticket, so there is a focus on seat belt violations as well.

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