With spring break just around the corner, the Weatherford Police Department would like to remind citizens to practice safe driving while behind the wheel.
Recently, officers conducted speed compliance and seatbelt surveys on three local roadways: North Main, Fort Worth Highway and Palo Pinto Street. Speed surveys indicated that only 20 percent of drivers were driving at or below posted speed limits on North Main. On Fort Worth Highway, just 21.33 percent were driving in compliance with posted speed limits and only 26.6 percent of drivers on Palo Pinto Street were traveling in compliance with posted speed limits. Average driver seatbelt compliance was 96.44 percent and front seat passenger seatbelt compliance was approximately 92 percent.
Grant funding will allow Weatherford Police Department to have extra police patrol enforcement out during the week of spring break, March 7–16. 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.
For many, spring break may mean vacations and traveling. Weatherford Police Patrol Captain David Smith has this advice for area drivers.
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“Please use care and caution when traveling, lways wear your seatbelts and encourage your passengers to do the same,” Smith said. “Be mindful of your surroundings and drive at posted speed limits. Spring Break is a time to get out and enjoy a recess from the norm but remember to have a designated driver if your plans include consuming alcoholic beverages.”