Weatherford Democrat

March 24, 2013

STEP-ing up

Spring break traffic enforcement has positive results

Weatherford Democrat

— During the week of Spring Break, Weatherford Police Department utilized 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.

Weatherford police officers worked approximately 115 hours of additional enforcement. The officers concentrated in the areas of South Main, South Bowie and Palo Pinto streets. Officers issued 150 additional speeding citations, 21 seatbelt tickets and 44 miscellaneous other tickets. Officers also made five DWI arrests.

Following the extra enforcement, officers conducted speed surveys and found drivers on South Main had improved to a 77 percent compliance rate with posted speed limits, up from 50 percent. On Palo Pinto Street drivers made great strides improving from a 23 percent compliance rate to a 61 percent compliance rate with posted speed limits. However, just 36 percent of those traveling on South Bowie were driving in compliance with posted speed limits.

Seatbelt compliance surveys indicated more than 97 percent of Weatherford drivers and front seat passengers complied with seatbelt laws.

“Speed limits are set to help keep our streets safe. We are happy to see that drivers have made improvements in driving in accordance with posted speed limits,” said Weatherford Police Capt. David Smith.  “Seatbelt compliance in our city is outstanding.”