Texas highway traffic on the rise

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Texas Highway Patrol officers are prepared for a busy weekend. Last year there was over 1000 tickets given for seatbelt violations and 400 DWI arrests. Sergeant Dan Buesing said more traffic is usually coupled with more accidents.

"On top of it just being a regular Memorial Day Weekend when we are paying tribute to our fallen soldiers and their families," Buesing said. "We have a ton of activity going on that's going to be on North Texas highways."

He said there are several reasons people are traveling this particular weekend, from graduation, to state playoff games, and just the first weekend of summer vacation.

"Be aware there's going to be more traffic which means more possibilities for some crazy things to happen," Buesing said.

Friday around 2 in the afternoon there was a roll over north bound on I-44 near Scotland Park.

"Every available trooper will be out working their areas and their highways and of course the crashes during these three day weekends are very possible," Buesing said. So that's what we're out their trying to enforce, speed and safety belts and distractions. Be sure to move over and slow down if you can. That will be a big one this weekend especially with increase in traffic."

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