During the Thanksgiving holidays, the Weatherford Police Department utilized grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Program to pay overtime salaries for officers to conduct Selective Traffic Enforcement Program activities. STEP activities are geared to reduce the number of drunken drivers on the road during holiday periods as well as to enforce speed and seat belt compliance.
Weatherford officers worked 70 hours of additional enforcement. They concentrated in the areas of North Main Street, Fort Worth Highway and Palo Pinto Street. Officers issued 124 additional speeding citations, three seat belt citations and 30 miscellaneous citations, and they made two drunken-driving arrests.
After the additional enforcement, officers conducted speed surveys and found that 32 percent of drivers on North Main were complying with speed limits. Only 20 percent of drivers in the 700 block of Fort Worth Highway were traveling at or below posted limits, and on Palo Pinto Street 24 percent were abiding by the limits. Seat belt surveys indicated that about 98 percent of drivers and front seat passengers were wearing their seat belts.
The Police Department urges drivers to use caution, especially during the holiday season. Always abide by speed limits, wear a seat belt and be sure to have a designated driver when alcohol is a part of your holiday festivities.