Memorial Day is quickly approaching and though this day is meant to remember the men and women who died while serving the country, it also marks the beginning of summer for many of us. With school letting out for summer break and vacations starting up, the Weatherford Police Department would like to remind citizens to practice safe driving habits while on the road. Recently, officers conducted speed and seatbelt compliance surveys on four local roadways: North Main, Palo Pinto, Fort Worth Highway and I-20 near the 408 mile-marker.
Although seatbelt compliance was good with an average of 87 percent of drivers wearing their seatbelts, speed surveys indicated a need for more driver compliance with posted speed limits. On North Main, surveys showed only 31 percent of cars were driving at or below posted speed limits; on Palo Pinto Street just 41 percent were driving at or below posted speed limits; on Fort Worth Highway about 28 percent of drivers were driving at or below posted speed limits; and on Interstate 20 just 30 percent of drivers were driving in compliance with posted speed limits.
Grant funding will allow Weatherford Police Department to have extra police patrol enforcement out through May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday period. Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program grant monies will 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 Department encourages citizens to be cautious of their surroundings while driving, especially during busy holiday times when there may be more cars on the roads. Simple steps such as driving at posted speed limits, wearing your seat belts and not drinking and driving may help to save your life as well as the lives of others on the streets.