Warnings for El Paso visitors while driving
Updated: Monday, December 23 2013, 06:00 PM MST
By: Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas -- As out-of-town family members come into El Paso, you may want to provide some advice on commuting around town.
Although not in some cities, El Paso has a citywide ban against using hand-held devices while driving. You may want to warn family members about the ban, as many may not be aware of the law.
"Well, I think the best advice for out-of-towners is if you have a cellphone or a smartphone, set it up before you get here, have it sitting there and allow it to take you through town. Don't argue with it," said Bob Bielek, district engineer of El Paso.
Police will be out in full force ensuring that drivers are safe.
"Don't do it [texting] here. I definitely see police keep an eye on that and they really do enforce it here," said Jason Rascon, an East El Paso driver.
Drivers warn their families about citywide laws to obey in El Paso/
"My dad's not the type that would want the cops to pull him over and tell him he's fined 500 bucks," said Adam Starke, an East El Paso driver.
There is also other advice that drivers offer to foreigners in El Paso about the roads.
"Sometime we get frost, so you want to be careful with any of that out on the roads, especially coming in on the interstate because the roads in the mountains change. We have curves and things like that, so you have to be a little careful with that especially in the mornings," Starke said.
Many El Paso visitors are not aware of which areas and roads to go through, so providing directions may help their stay here.
"If you have family or friends coming in through town and you know that you live in an area with a direct route where you know it's going to be crowded, give them an alternate route," Bielek said.
Luckily, there will be no construction on the state highways. Blanca Del Valle, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation, says there will be no road or lane closures. Construction workers will have time off for family and drivers of El Paso won't need to find an alternate route or be slowed down by construction.
Police will also be monitoring the areas for drunk drivers.
Free cab rides are available for those who believe they've had too much to drink. The free rides are offered by Sun City Cab Co. and are available until Jan. 2 by calling 915-544-2211.
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