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Texoma highway troopers gear up for Labor Day traffic

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TEXOMA-- Troopers on both sides of the Red River said they will have extra patrols working the holiday.

"We're ready and the road is finally open for the dam, so that saves us a lot of time," traveler Keith Woodson said.

With the recent opening of the bridge on Highway 91, lake goers are coming all the way from Dallas to enjoy the water this holiday weekend.

"We've got a couple of wave runners and the kids will be up, grandkids will be up. Be on the beach, have a good time," Woodson added.

But others are staying inside with family for safety reasons.

"We're going to stay in the air conditioning and let the tourists have the lake and everything else," boater Stan Robinson said.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said they'll be heavily monitoring the roads since they usually see many accidents and fatalities over the Labor Day weekend. And troopers in Texas encourage drivers to not drink and drive.

"Last year during the Labor Day weekend, DPS arrested over 480 intoxicated drivers. We're out there in full force with every available trooper on the road trying to make it safer for people to travel during the holidays," Sgt. Mark Tackett said.

And if you do plan to hit the road, fellow Texomans said put the phone down while traveling.

"Don't text while driving, keep your phone down, hands on the wheel so you can be very cautious of what you're doing and what's around you," boater Margaret Reaves said.

If you do get an important phone call or text, troopers said pull over to a safe area first. They hope to help minimize the number accidents over this holiday weekend.