Operation Holiday is a period where the department assigns all troopers to work holiday traffic. The DPS will be participating in Operation “CARE” (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) from Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5.
State Troopers from across the nation will also be participating in Operation CARE and have all their available troopers patrolling their highways.
Major James Sanders of Corpus Christi urges all drivers to exercise caution during the holiday period and throughout the summer. He advised that troopers assigned to Texas Highway Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and Drivers License Division will be working over the holiday period.
For the last three years the Texas Highway Patrol did not work any fatal collisions in Victoria and surrounding counties over the July Fourth Holiday.
In 2005 there was one fatal collision. Isabel Vargas, 25, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on July 4, 2005. She was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
In 2004 there were no fatal collisions in Victoria or surrounding counties.
In 2003 there was one fatal collision in Dewitt County in a one-vehicle rollover collision. Paul Semper, 38, was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
Troopers are requesting you to not drink and drive, have everyone properly secured in their safety belt or proper car safety seat, slow down in bad weather and road conditions, pull over to a safe place for mobile cell calls, be courteous while you drive and for long trips ,make sure your vehicle is road worthy.