Galveston Mardi Gras Enforcement

About 3,000 visitors will be in Galveston for this weekend’s Mardi Gras festivities.

DPS will be helping the Galveston Police Department and in Galveston County.

Troopers will be looking for intoxicated drivers, aggressive motorists, and criminal violations while conducting their law enforcement duties this upcoming weekend. Members of the department will also be available to assist with other investigations, if needed.

DPS suggests:

· Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.

· Slow down or move over for police, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles, and tow trucks with emergency lights activated. We encourage motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped on the side of the road.

· Slow down – in construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.

· Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.

· Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.

· Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

· Drive defensively – a high traffic volume may present additional challenges.

· If you see a road hazard or suspicious activity or items, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.

· Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. In the event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways. Click here for road conditions in Texas.

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