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Weatherford Police Department plans to step up enforcement efforts during the upcoming Labor Day holiday period in an attempt to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road as well as enforce seatbelt and speed limit compliance. Grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program will be utilized to fund officers’ overtime salaries for the additional enforcement beginning August 20, 2010 and running through September 6, 2010.
This Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) requires that pre and post surveys be done in conjunction with the extra holiday patrol. Weatherford police officers recently conducted speed surveys on North Main, Fort Worth Highway, South Main, and Palo Pinto Streets. All four of the surveyed areas exhibit a need for improvement in posted speed limit compliance. Speed surveys indicated only 27% compliance on North Main, 25% compliance on Fort Worth Highway, 22% compliance on South Main, and a mere 20 % compliance rate on Palo Pinto Street.
Occupant protection (seatbelt) compliance surveys indicated that the average Weatherford driver compliance rate is approximately 96% and the front seat passenger seatbelt compliance rate is slightly higher at approximately 98.23% compliance.
Weatherford Police officials stress to be cautious of posted speed limits, ensure that each and every passenger in your vehicle is properly buckled up, and always have a designated driver when alcohol is a part of holiday activities.