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DPS: Stay alert on the roads this holiday season

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 18:12:02-05

The Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to be safe this holiday season, because they'll also be checking to see who's naughty or nice -- on the roads.

"If you're planning on hitting the road this holiday season, give you plenty of time to get to your destination," said DPS Sgt. Nathan Brandley.

The holidays are a busier time of the year on the road, so troopers say to leave enough time to get to your destination and to leave early if heading out of town.

Brandley says drivers need to stay alert on the road and ignore cell phones. And if you encounter inclement weather, slow down and stay below the speed limit, especially if dealing with fog.

"We heighten our traffic control out there, so we are looking for people who are speeding, and people not seat-belting their children in the car-safety seats and also looking for the impaired drivers," Brandley said.

Brandley said drivers also need to be responsible and make the right choices before it is too late.

"If you are arrested for DWI you will be given a choice to give a blood or breath sample," he said. "Officers and troopers will utilize a blood warrant to obtain a blood specimen from you."