DPS Offers Safety Reminders for Spring Break
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding everyone of some simple tips to help keep all Texans safe this spring break.
“We know families and young adults are anxious to hit the road or get away for spring break, and safety must continue to be a priority,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “No matter where you’re traveling, please follow the traffic laws, be aware of your surroundings, report suspicious activity and do your part to keep everyone safe. We need everyone working together to ensure this spring break is a safe one for Texans.”
Now through March 19, the Texas Highway Patrol is increasing its presence on the roads as part of a spring break and St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign. Troopers will be out looking for people who are violating traffic laws as part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort).
Here are some important safety tips to remember:
Additionally, DPS reminds everyone to be watchful of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity through iWatchTexas.
The iWatchTexas program is a critical resource for reporting suspicious activity in communities in order to help prevent dangerous attacks as we bring 2022 to a close. Everyone is urged to download the free iOS or Android mobile app if you haven’t done so already. Tips can be reported via the website, the mobile app or by calling 844-643-2251. All reports are confidential. For information on how to use iWatchTexas, you can view this how-to video.
Remember, iWatchTexas is not for emergencies. If there is an emergency, call 911 immediately.
DPS asks travelers to be on the lookout for possible human trafficking. An increase in people on the road and at airports means there is an increased opportunity for the community to spot potential human trafficking activities and report it to law enforcement. If you are traveling, be observant of others around you and take note of the following indicators of human trafficking:
The presence of an indicator does not confirm an occurrence of human trafficking; however, the combination and context of indicators may indicate human trafficking pending law enforcement investigation and you are encouraged to report it.
If you see signs of human trafficking, call 911 immediately to report it and be ready to give as many details as possible. You can also make a report on iWatchTexas or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text “BeFree” to 233733.
Remember, do not endanger yourself or others by intervening or confronting someone you suspect of engaging in human trafficking if it is not safe to do so.