Pictured: Department of Public Safety Troopers Ronnie Ramirez and Ismael Escobar worked together Friday to stop motorists who are violating seat belt, speed and other road laws. Ramirez stopped a motorist on Highway 281 as it was clocked in by radar of traveling 81 miles per hour in a 70-mile zone. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Troopers watching for speeders, seat belt law violations

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Trooper I Ronnie Ramirez with the Department of Public Safety stationed himself Friday in a parking lot on Aransas and Front streets looking for seat belt violators.

Minutes later Ramirez is on the highway as Trooper Ismael Escobar backs him up to issue a citation for speeding to a motorist that was clocked in by radar of traveling at 81 miles per hour in a 70-mile zone on Highway 281.

"We are just making sure they are wearing their seatbelts and make sure the kids are buckled up," Ramirez said.

"We will be out and about, don't drink and drive. We don't want their holiday to turn into a tragedy."

Ramirez said that with the holidays, people don't always comply and one individual he stopped on Thursday night was cited for DWI and was transferred to the Jim Wells County jail.

Escobar said that they want to make motorists aware that they will be visible this weekend.

"Operation CARE is what we are doing, providing a service from the state to stop all violators," he said.

"We want to remind motorists to abide by speed limit laws and that we are available to assist stranded motorists."

Operation CARE-Combined Accident Reduction Effort-will focus on strict enforcement of speed limits, alcohol and drug-related offenses and safety belt and child restraint laws.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will be joining other state police agencies across the nation in promoting traffic safety through Operation CARE during the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Year in and year out, we find that excessive speed, driving while intoxicated or not being properly restrained are what leads to traffic fatalities," said DPS Director Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr. in a Web site statement. "As we do for all major holidays, we will have all available troopers out on our highways to keep the roadways as safe as we possibly can."