AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be joining law enforcement efforts from across the state to increase traffic enforcement during the Labor Day holiday weekend. From Friday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 3, DPS Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, speeders and safety belt violators.
“DPS is committed to protecting travelers on our roadways, and Troopers will be working around-the-clock this Labor Day weekend to keep impaired and dangerous drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are urging all drivers to do their part to keep our roads safe by simply obeying Texas traffic laws and driving courteously.”
DPS offers drivers the following tips for enhancing safety on our roads during the Labor Day holiday:
- Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
- Slow down – especially in bad weather, 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.
- Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
- Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
- Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
- Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
- Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit https://drivetexas.org.
As part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), police agencies across the country will also increase enforcement efforts over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
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Grapevine holds its 36th annual July 4 fireworks show. The city will feature music to match the show, which can be streamed from www.grapevinetexasusa.com/events/july-fourth-fireworks. Some suggested viewing areas include:
- Acorn Woods Park
- Field next to Scott’s Landing Marina (private paid parking)
- Oak Grove Park Baseball and Soccer parking lots, opening at 2 p.m
- Oak Grove Park-Minnow Loop and Trawick
- Katie’s Woods Park
- Lakeview Park – $10 / car, All areas including pavilions and picnic shelters are first come, first serve. No “In & Out”* on July 4
- McPherson Slough
- Municipal Service Center Parking Lot
- Rockledge Park – $20/car holiday rate, all areas including pavilions and picnic shelters are first come, first serve. No “In & Out”* on July 4th
- The Vineyards Campground & Cabins – Closed to the public but accessible to registered guests.
- Silver Lake Marina Park – (private paid parking)
- Meadowmere Park – $10/car holiday rate, all areas including pavilions and picnic shelters are first come, first serve. Altitude H2O Water Park will be operating on a walk-up basis only on July 4 with no advance reservations.
The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited in the City of Grapevine. Exceptions: When approved by the Fire Chief for fireworks displays. Fireworks includes sparklers, rocket, firecracker, roman candle, torpedo or any other substance in whatever combination used to obtain a visible or audible pyrotechnic display. Fireworks are prohibited in City Parks, open land areas within the City and under certain conditions are subject to confiscation and citations.
With lots of families finalizing their Independence Day plans at the lake, we want to share some helpful information about the 36th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Lake Grapevine.
The fireworks start at 9:30pm, and we expect parking areas around the lake to fill up well in advance. The good news: our friends at Visit Grapevine published a list of suggested viewing areas, including which locations will charge a fee per car, along with additional rules to know before you go.
Check out the details here: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/events/july-fourth-fireworks/
Click HERE for more tips on enjoying the show and other July 4 activities!
As you plan your trip to see the 36th Annual July 4th Fireworks show over Lake Grapevine, we want to alert you to some of the details regarding park closures and traffic information. Before the show begins at 9:30pm, the following areas will close:
- Fairway Drive – between SH-26 and Lakeside Village Blvd in Flower Mound will be closed from 9pm, through the fireworks show, and until all vehicles have exited the park
- Entrances to Oak Grove Park – closed when full or by 9pm
- Entrances to all other parks – closed when full or 9:15
Once the fireworks show is over, all traffic will be directed out of the parks. Drivers will not be allowed to drive into park areas. Motorists will also have to follow specific traffic patterns after the event which will be marked with cones.
Click on the link below to see more on the best viewing locations, rules for the event, and where to download music to go along with the show: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ev…/july-fourth-fireworks/.
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