Weatherford Police Officers worked approximately 85 hours of additional overtime during the Christmas and New Year holidays thanks to grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program. This particular funding is geared to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road during holiday periods as well as enforce speed compliance.
Concentrating in the areas of Fort Worth Highway, North Main, Palo Pinto Street and Interstate 20 near the 408 mile marker officers wrote 52 speeding citations, 40 miscellaneous citations, and 48 warning citations. Officers also made 3 DWI arrests.
Following the extra enforcement officers conducted area speed compliance surveys. Surveys showed only 6 percent of drivers were traveling at or below posted speed limits on North Main, 3 percent were in compliance on Fort Worth Highway, just 26 percent were driving in compliance with posted speed limits on Palo Pinto Street, and in the area of Interstate 20 near the 408 mile marker only 24 percent of drivers were in compliance with posted speed limits.
Weatherford Police Department encourages local drivers to make safe driving practices a priority in 2016. Always wear your seatbelts, ensure passengers are properly buckled up, pay attention to posted speed limits, and always have a designated driver when alcohol is a part of your activities.