The Weatherford Police Department will utilize grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program to pay overtime salaries for officers to conduct Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) activities.
STEP activities are geared to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road during holiday periods as well as enforce speed and seatbelt compliance. Additional enforcement is scheduled during the week of Halloween from Oct. 26-31.
Recent speed surveys conducted in the area of the 600 block of Palo Pinto Street indicated that 9 percent of drivers were abiding by posted speed limits and 96.66 percent of drivers were wearing seat belts. In the 700 block of Fort Worth Highway, surveys showed that 8 percent of drivers were driving at or below posted speed limits and 97.33 percent were wearing seat belts. In the 400 block of North Main Street, officers found that approximately 17 percent of drivers were traveling in compliance with posted speed limits and 94.66 percent were wearing seat belts.
“The surveys indicated that the majority of those speeding were going about 5 to 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit,” said Weatherford Police Capt. David Smith. “Weatherford Police Department encourages everyone to be aware of posted speed limits, always wear your seat belts, and have a designated driver if alcohol will be a part of your Halloween activities.”