State Troopers Trooping

Texas DPS promises increased patrols for UT-OU weekend

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    If you speed past, hopefully they're looking down and not at their radar gun.

    All roads from Oklahoma and inside Texas lead to Dallas during Texas-OU weekend, and the Texas Department of Public Safety knows that. Those state troopers are clever that way.

    DPS officials, working from knowledge gained over the years, figure the main highways — interstates 35, 45, and 20 — leading into Dallas, particularly from Austin, Houston, and the Oklahoma border, will be bumper-to-bumper with partying football fans. Probably not a bad figure.

    So the troopers plan a show of force along those highways. They’ll be on the lookout for unbuckled seatbelts, excessive speeds, road rage, and, of course, drivers in altered states, and no, Oklahoma doesn’t count in that regard. That’s in altered states not from altered states.

    Because you just know some stretch of I-35, probably around Waxahachie, will be under construction, check out the road conditions website to gauge potential slowdowns.

    To avoid getting to know one of the nice officers in a more personal kind of way, keep the bottles, cans, pipes, and fatties on the DL. And for god sakes, don’t moon a cop.

    Y’all drive friendly, now, ya hear?

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He dreads this weekend, New Year’s, and St. Patrick’s. Damned amateurs.