Weatherford Police Officers worked approximately 92 hours of additional overtime during the Memorial Day holidays thanks to grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program. This particular funding is geared to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road during holiday periods as well as enforce speed and seatbelt compliance.
Concentrating in the areas of Fort Worth Highway, North Main and Palo Pinto Streets, officers wrote 141 additional speeding citations, five seatbelt citations and 16 miscellaneous citations. They also made three DWI arrests.
Following the additional enforcement, officers conducted seatbelt surveys and found over 90 percent of drivers and front seat passengers were complying with seatbelt laws. However, speed surveys indicated some improvement is needed when it comes to driving at posted speed limits. Surveys showed only 10 percent of drivers were traveling at or below posted speed limits on North Main, less than 13 percent were in compliance on Fort Worth Highway and just 22 percent were driving in compliance with posted speed limits on Palo Pinto Street.
Weatherford Police Department encourages local drivers to practice safe driving habits such as wearing seatbelts, ensuring passengers are properly buckled up, complying with posted speed limits and always having a designated driver when alcohol is a part of your summer activities.