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DPS announces enhanced holiday enforcement

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to help make the holidays safer by driving sober and using extra caution.
In an effort to protect travelers on the roadways, DPS Troopers, as well as local law enforcement across the state, will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. 23 – 26 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.
“Impaired driving or reckless behavior on the road can turn holiday celebrations into tragedies, and these DPS patrols are designed to help save lives by identifying drivers who disregard the law and endanger others,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By always driving sober, obeying traffic laws, and slowing down or moving over a lane when vehicles are stopped on the side of the road, Texans can help make our roads safer for everyone.”
During the eight-day Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 466 DWI arrests. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 9,174 speeding citations, 893 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 320 fugitive arrests and 286 felony arrests during the enforcement period.
DPS offers the following additional tips for safe travel during the holidays:
• Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
• Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.
• 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 that are 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.
• Don’t drive fatigued.
• Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and check the weather forecast before your trip begins.

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Unseasonably warm weather expected this week

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Hot, dry and breezy conditions will create an elevated threat for grass fires along and west of I-35 Monday and Tuesday. Monday will likely be the warmest, when near-record high temperatures are expected. (National Weather Service Fort Worth)

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Financial report readied by outside auditor

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Members of the Bowie City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 and receive its annual financial report from the outside auditor.
Staff from Mathis, West and Huffines will present the report that reviews the 2022-23 fiscal year for the City of Bowie.
The council will consider a resolution authorizing a grant application to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to purchase a emergency management trailer. This trailer at an estimated $23,187.98 would house the portable communications equipment the department has purchased.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Weekend early voting arrives for party primary

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Early voting for the March 5 party primaries opened strong this week with more than 450 ballots being cast as of Thursday across both the Republican and Democratic tickets.
The voting began Feb. 20 and will through Feb. 23.
Ginger Wall, elections administrator, reminds county voters they will have extended hours for early voting this weekend and all next week.
The voting locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.
This weekend early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25.
There are four locations in the county for voting in person: Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie.
Voters may cast ballots at any of these locations.

Read more on this story in the weekend Bowie News.

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