There will be thousands of extra cars on the roadways through the New Year, as folks travel to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Corporal John Gonzalez with DPS says, whether you're staying around West Texas or taking a longer road-trip, drivers need to remember to look out for icy patches, be extremely careful on back roads you aren't familiar with and most importantly, always choose a designated driver.
Cpl. Gonzalez says, "Unfortunately, with the holidays you get a lot of people traveling and with that you get severe crashes where someone is severely injured or killed as a result of it. During the Christmas holiday, that's just somewhere the family doesn't need to be with a death and having to deal with those issues.
Last year during the Christmas holidays, more than 900 people across Texas were arrested for drunk driving. Gonzalez is hoping to see those numbers decrease this year.