Labor Day is almost here and all though this holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, for many of us it marks the end of summer and last chance for summer vacations and parties. The Weatherford Police Department would like to encourage citizens to do their part in keeping our streets safe by practicing safe driving habits while traveling and ensuring that a designated driver is assigned when alcohol is a part of summer activities.
The Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program provided grant funding for officers of the Weatherford Police Department to work overtime to conduct Selective Traffic Safety Program (STEP) activities that began on Aug. 21 and last until Sept. 7. 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.
STEP requires officers to conduct speed and seatbelt surveys prior to working extra enforcement activities. Recent speed surveys conducted on Palo Pinto Street, Fort Worth Highway, North Main, and I-20 East near the 408 mile marker indicate an average of less than 28 percent of drivers are driving at posted speed limits. Seatbelt compliance surveys were much better showing Weatherford drivers to have a 96.66 percent compliance rate when it comes to wearing seatbelts and front seat passengers to have a 94.45 percent compliance rate.
“Our goal is to keep our citizens safe by keeping our streets safe and we ask citizens to help us out by abiding by posted speed limits, wearing your seatbelts, and never drinking and driving,” said Weatherford Police Patrol Commander Ronnie Villarreal.