DPS urges Texans to resolve to drive better

Many people make New Year’s resolutions regarding diets or breaking bad habits. Instead of emphasizing the negative in 2002, why not focus on something positive that will show immediate results’ Resolve to drive better. Some ideas for life-changing New Year’s resolutions: * Make buckling up everyone in your vehicle before you start the engine a habit. The latest statistics show that nearly half of those killed in traffic collisions were not properly restrained. * Drive sober. Drunk driving kills hundreds and injures or maims thousands in Texas every year. A DWI conviction gives you a criminal history for life. * Slow down-even a little. When you combine driving over the speed limit and unsafe speed under the limit, speed is the leading contributing factor in fatal wrecks. Remember to reduce your speed when weather, construction or other road conditions warrant. * Drive courteously. Don’t forget your manners when you get behind the wheel and fall into the road rage trap. Courtesy and anger are both contagious on the roadway. Which would you rather spread’ * Put the cell phone down. A cell phone can save your life, but it can also end it if used improperly. * Don’t tailgate. You need that space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case unforeseen problems arise. * Obey traffic control devices. DPS troopers will be out in force Saturday, December 29 through Tuesday, January 1 to encourage drivers to keep Texas roadways safe.

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