Weatherford Democrat

June 28, 2013

Added police presence scheduled for Independence Day holiday


Weatherford Democrat

— 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 South Main Street, Palo Pinto Street and South Bowie Drive. Survey results determined very low speed limit compliance for Weatherford drivers, averaging just a 23 percent compliance rate. Seatbelt compliance was better, showing an 85 percent compliance for drivers and an 88 percent compliance rate for front seat passengers.

“Additional enforcement is scheduled to run June 28th through July 7th,” 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 seat belts, drive at posted speed limits, and be mindful of your surroundings, and always remember to assign a designated driver if alcohol will be a part of your holiday plans.”