Speed surveys show improvements

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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During the week of Halloween, the Weatherford Police Department used 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.

Five Weatherford police officers worked a total of 77 additional enforcement hours. The officers concentrated in the areas of Palo Pinto Street, North Main Street, and Fort Worth Hwy. While working the extra hours, officers issued 93 speeding, four no-seatbelt, and 21 miscellaneous citations. Officers also made two DWI arrests and one arrest for possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest.

Following the additional enforcement, officers conducted speed surveys and found those driving on Palo Pinto Street showed some improvement from a 9 percent speed compliance rate before the additional enforcement to a 38 percent compliance rate after the enforcement. Those driving on North Main Street improved from a 17 percent speed compliance rate to a 35 percent compliance rate. Speed compliance rates on Fort Worth Highway improved from an 8 percent compliance rate to a 26 percent compliance rate following the additional enforcement.

Seatbelt surveys indicated approximately 96 percent of drivers were abiding by seatbelt laws and 95 percent of front seat passengers were also in compliance.

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