WEATHERFORD — Citizens can expect to see more police presence out on the roadways during the upcoming Independence Day holidays thanks to grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program. The additional funding will pay overtime salaries for officers to conduct Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) activities including DWI enforcement as well as speed and seatbelt compliance laws.
In preparation for the extra enforcement project, officers conducted speed and seatbelt compliance surveys on North Main, Fort Worth Highway, and Palo Pinto Street. Survey results determined very low speed limit compliance for Weatherford drivers averaging only a 13 percent compliance rate. Seatbelt compliance was better, showing an 89 percent compliance rate for both drivers and front seat passengers.
“Additional enforcement is scheduled through July 7,” said Weatherford Police Captain David Smith. “We would like to remind our citizens to take extra precautions when on the roadways, especially during holiday times when traffic may be heavier. Wear your seatbelts, drive at posted speed limits, be mindful of your surroundings and always remember to assign a designated driver if alcohol will be a part of your holiday plans.”