Law enforcement is gearing up for the holidays to protect the citizens on the roadways and in the city.

Many travelers are expected to hit Texas roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Texas Department of Public Safety would like to remind every driver to be safe on the roads during the long holiday weekend.

All distractions endanger the safety of the driver, passengers and bystanders.  Texting while driving, driving while impaired and drowsy driving are all dangerous driving behaviors that make the roadways unsafe and even deadly for some drivers.  Before getting behind the wheel, it is best to turn the cell phones off, designate a sober driver and make sure the driver is well rested to ensure the safety of all motorists traveling this holiday.

DPS Troopers will be patrolling throughout the holiday weekend to promote safety.

During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2011, Troopers in Jefferson and Orange counties investigated 21 crashes and three of those crashes were alcohol-related.

The Thanksgiving holiday should be a safe and joyous time, said Trooper Stephanie Davis.

Major Sparky Robinson, of the Orange Police Department, says they adjust their manpower to “beef up” patrol to ensure the safety of everyone in residential areas as well as at businesses.

“We maximize what we have,” he said.

However, Robinson added, if anyone sees anything suspicious they are encouraged to call OPD.

“People are our best source of information,” Robinson said.

The number to call is 409-883-1026.

DPS offers the following tips to ensure safe travels:

Minimize distractions as much as possible.  Don’t text and drive.

Don’t travel fatigued.  Switch drivers or find a safe location and take a break.

Adjust speed for weather, traffic conditions and emergency vehicles.

Don’t drink and drive; designate a sober driver.

Make sure everyone in the car is buckled up.