TxDPS increases presence across Texas/Louisiana border, enforcing mandatory self-quarantine

Earlier in the week, Gov. Abbott signed GA-12 which, in part, orders every person who enters the state of Texas through Louisiana roadways will be subjected to a mandated 14-day self-quarantine. 

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Texas DPS has been tasked with enforcing GA-12 and the department is telling the public that they can expect to see an increased amount of law enforcement along the Texas/Louisiana border. 

"The department will vigorously enforce the executive orders, as these orders are designed to protect the public and stop the spread of COVID-19. A violation of the orders is subject to criminal penalties, and the department encourages all individuals to abide by all measures that have been enacted by the Governor to mitigate the consequences of the current public health disaster," the department wrote on their website. 

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Anyone entering Texas from Louisana roadways will be asked to fill out this form: 

The paperwork states, "Under Texas Government Code § 418.173, failure to comply is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, confinement in jail for up to 180 days, or both." 

According to Texas DPS, GA-12 does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, and critical infrastructure functions.


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