Weatherford Democrat

September 17, 2013

Results from extra Labor Day police enforcement

Weatherford Democrat

Weatherford police officers used grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation for Selective Traffic Safety Program (STEP) activities during the Labor Day holiday period.

Officers worked approximately 130 additional hours to ensure drivers were complying with posted speed limits, wearing seat belts and were not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in an effort to keep local roadways safe.

During this time officers issued 158 speeding citations, 29 seatbelt citations and 30 miscellaneous citations. Officers also made six DWI arrests and two public intoxication arrests.

Surveys conducted following the extra enforcement confirm Weatherford drivers are more compliant with following seatbelt laws, averaging more than 92 percent compliance for drivers and more than 90 percent compliance for passengers; however, the surveys indicated just 23 percent of those driving in Weatherford are complying with posted speed limits.

“We are happy to see that Weatherford drivers are doing a great job with seatbelt compliance and encourage them to make a habit of driving at posted speed limits which will help to keep our streets safe for everyone,” said Weatherford Police Capt. David Smith.

Officers next month are scheduled to conduct STEP activities during the week of Halloween.