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DPS Encourages You to Make Plan if Traveling This Holiday

AAA is expecting nearly 8.3 million Texans will travel between now and New Year's Day.
     7.6 million of those are expected to travel on Texas roadways.
     "The normal traffic is busy in itself, then you throw in some Christmas travel, you'll have a lot of extra people on the highway, possibly impaired, possibly just distracted," DPS Trooper Dan Buesing said.
     Which is why he stresses everyone should always have a strategy in place?
      "It can sometimes get confusing once you get into a festive occasion to make sure who your designated driver is so just plan ahead," Trooper Buesing said.
     If you don't plan ahead, Trooper Buesing said law enforcement agencies will be out in full force for the remainder of the holiday season to keep Texas roadways safe.
     Texoma resident, Tracy Smith will ring in the New Year at her family's home in the Tulsa area. That trip takes her a few hours.
     "About four to four and a half, depending on stops, and I have a pike pass so that makes it a lot  easier," Smith said.
     But before she hits the roadways, she makes sure to check maintenance on her vehicle.
     "The tires are the big thing and make sure my oil levels are good and everything like that," Smith said.
     But Trooper Buesing said, above all else be patient while on the roadways.
     "Do it in a safe manner, be courteous. Let those people move in and out of traffic at a safe distance, and create some space so you can have a little time to plan ahead for a distracted driver or maybe an impaired driver," Trooper Buesing said.

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