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Texas officials begin COVID-19 checkpoints

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Posted at 5:30 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 06:30:44-04

On Sunday, April 5, 2020, checkpoints and screening of vehicles by the Texas Department of Public Safety began on all roadways entering Texas from Louisiana, state police say.

The screenings are related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and drivers are urged to exercise caution and remain alert for traffic congestion when traveling west into Texas. The screening of vehicles applies to all roadways crossing into Texas, including interstates.

Commercial motor vehicle traffic will not be obstructed.

For some drivers who are trying to cross the Louisiana-Texas state line, they have one last stop before making it home.

Some say they've seen fewer cars on the road since most states have stay-at-home orders.

"Definitely less traffic on the road," said Houston native Jay Milton. "Driving Monday night through the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it was really just mostly trucks."

Those traveling from Louisiana may be asked why they're crossing state lines, which is why it's recommended to have to fill out the Texas-mandated form for arrival.

"I do a lot of work in Louisiana anyway, and I have watched the news and understand that Louisiana is spiking high for the number of tests positive, so I respect what they're doing," said Milton.

Milton believes the checkpoints will help in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

"Well, I think it's just the nature of where we are and what needs to be done right now, so I don't know if it makes you feel safe or unsafe, but it's probably a necessary evil at this point," said Milton.

For information related to the Texas checkpoints and complying with the executive order, please visit https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus and www.dps.texas.gov/COVIDtravel

In that order, the governor of Texas mandated a 14-day quarantine for road travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana.

Further information can also be found at: https://www.facebook.com/269483096401621/posts/3598525753497322/

With regard to Louisiana roadways, traffic conditions can be found using the Louisiana Traveler Information System through several different methods including the 511 phone system, www.511la.org, Louisiana DOTD Twitter accounts, and the “Louisiana 511” smartphone application.

To report dangerous road conditions or reckless drivers, dial *LSP (*577) to be connected to the nearest LSP Troop.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)
Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness