Unsafe drivers targeted

From Nacogdoches Police Department

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Police Department recently wrapped up two traffic enforcement programs during the Labor Day holiday. In addition to the Labor Day STEP program that the police department regularly participates in, the department also participated in the statewide Impaired Driver Mobilization campaign cracking down on drunk drivers. "Both of these programs were a success. Our accident rate is down and we are taking drunk drivers off the road," said Nacogdoches Police Lieutenant, Dan Taravella, project director.

Taravella said that during this two-week period, officers issued 934 citations and arrested 27 drivers for Driving While Intoxicated.  "Now that the summer time travel season is behind us, we're asking motorists to continue with good driving habits through the fall holidays. With back to school activities, school open houses, after school sports activities and Halloween approaching, we're asking everyone to watch for pedestrians of all ages and slow down. Preventing avoidable deaths and injuries is our goal. We want our roads in Nacogdoches to be as safe as possible. The best way to accomplish this is for everyone to slow down, buckle up, buckle up their kids and not drink and drive."

The police department participates in STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) several times each year in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The purpose of the STEP program is to increase traffic law compliance, reduce the number of traffic accidents and reduce the severity of traffic accidents by enforcing speed, seat belt laws, DWI and child safety seat laws.

Other upcoming traffic related programs the Nacogdoches Police Department will be participating in will be a free child safety seat check up event at Walmart on Saturday, September 20, a railroad crossing enforcement blitz in early November, and the Thanksgiving STEP wave the week of November 23.

More information regarding this program and traffic enforcement can be found at http://www.buckleuptexas.com/