Share the Road

sharetheroadThe Hotter’n Hell 100 is fast approaching which means the presence of more cyclists on the roadway.  The Wichita Falls Police Department reminds motorists to share the roadway and be aware.  Here are a few safety tips to remember:

  • Bicyclists have the rights and duties of other vehicle operators:(551.101)

Yes, this means you have to stop at stop signs and red lights, but cars are required to yield right-of-way to a bicycle when appropriate, just as to any other vehicle.

  • Ride near the curb and go in the same direction as other traffic: (551.103)

Near the curb is subjective (we recommend leaving a cushion of about three feet) but the law gives a cyclist the right to take the lane when necessary for safety.

  • At least one hand on the handlebars (two are safer): (551.102c)

One when signaling but two when turning works well.

  • Use hand and arm signals: (545.107)

Point the way you are going, let the other operators know what you want to do.

  • One rider per saddle: (551.102a)

Don’t let your friends share your bike while riding unless you’re both on a tandem.

  • You may ride two abreast as long as you don’t impede traffic: (551.103c)

Racing and taking the lane are special cases.

  • Must have a white light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the rear (for riding at night): (551.104b)

The light is primarily so people can see you coming from the side, where their headlights do not shine on your reflectors. The law, effective as of Sept. 2001, states that a red light can replace a red reflector.

  • Brakes capable of making the braked wheel skid: (551.104a)

Don’t test that front brake to see if the wheel will skid while riding, especially downhill.

Wichita Falls Police Department Receives Recognition…AGAIN!

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At this morning’s City Council meeting, the Wichita Falls Police Department was presented with the “Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program” Certificate of Recognition by the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation. The Wichita Falls Police Department was originally certified 4 years ago making us 1 of only 59 Texas law enforcement agencies to ever achieve re-certification status.

To find out more about the program, click this link:http://www.texaspolicechiefs.org/recognition-program

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WFPD Offers Free Vacation Patrol Checks

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The Wichita Falls Police Department offers Vacation Home Checks to all Wichita Falls residents.  While you are away on vacation, Sentinels from the Wichita Falls Police Department will periodically stop by your home to check for open doors, broken windows or any other suspicious circumstances.  In the event that something out of the ordinary is discovered, you or your listed emergency contact will be contacted immediately.  This is another added security precaution you can utilize to safeguard your possessions and assure your peace of mind while you are on vacation.  This is a free, but invaluable service provided by the Wichita Falls Police Department.  Please fill in the form below to request a vacation check.   If you have any questions please contact the Community Services Section at 940-720-5019.

Click here to request your Vacation Patrol Check

Homeowner realizes that the Police Department and the City do not assume any liability for loss or damage to property during specified dates. Homeowner understands there is no guarantee that vacation checks will be done daily, only when Sentinels are available.

WFPD 2017 “Click It or Ticket” Stats

CIOT-BannerSeat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. They save lives!

The Wichita Falls Police Department has recently wrapped up the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Here are the statistics from the enforcement period May 22 – June 4, 2017:

Adult Seatbelts                        287 citations

Child Safety Seat                     10 citations

Intersections                            9 citations

Speeding                                     1 citation

Other Violations                       82 citations

Arrests                                          0

Hours Worked                            186

Miles Driven                               1,416

Why seatbelts are so important:

Whether you’re the driver, front seat passenger, or back seat passenger, you have to buckle up. It’s a state law and not doing so could cost you up to $200. Want an even better reason? Your seat belt is your number one best defense in case of a crash.

A DEADLY OVERSIGHT.

If you forget to buckle up or choose not to, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way. It’s common that unbuckled passengers get thrown from their vehicle, which all too often rolls over and crushes them.

BACK SEAT DANGER.

Unbelted back seat passengers can become human projectiles in a car crash. They can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even injure or kill those in the front seat.

ATTENTION ALL ADULTS.

Texas law requires drivers and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Yes, that means unbuckled adult passengers in the back seat can face fines and court costs of up to $200.

KIDS CAN COST, TOO.

Children younger than eight years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Fines can be as high as $250 plus court costs.

For more information on “Click It or Ticket”, please visit http://www.texasclickitorticket.com/

Buckle Up and Save a Life!

WFPD Continues to Encourage Citizens to Lock Their Vehicles

tlhThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles.

Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.

  • Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
  • Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
  • Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
  • Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
  • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

WFPD Participating in TxDOT Click It Or Ticket Campaign

CIOT-BannerThe Wichita Falls Police Department is participating in this years TxDOT Click It or Ticket Campaign which runs from May 22nd through June 4th. We will have additional Officers on the street focusing on Occupant Protection for all passengers in vehicles. WFPD has partnered with TxDOT’s Click It or Ticket since 2002. Last year WFPD alone issued 321 seatbelt citations and 10 child safety seat citations during the campaign.

Here Is the Law

Texas law now requires drivers and all passengers in vehicles to be secured by a safety belt.

Any child under the age of 8 must be restrained in an approved child passenger safety seat unless taller than 4 feet, nine inches.

Safety Seat Guidelines

Safety belts are designed for adults, not children. Use a booster seat to lift your child up and prevent severe injuries in a crash.

Please remember the following guidelines when buying the proper seat for your child:

Birth-1 Year, Up to 35 Pounds

  • Use a rear-facing seat until your baby reaches the weight limit or height limit of the seat.
  • Secure the chest clip even with your baby’s armpits.
  • Fasten harness straps snugly against your baby’s body.

1-4 Years, 20 to 40 Pounds

  • Use a forward-facing seat for as long as the safety seat manufacturer recommends it.
  • Fasten harness straps snugly against your child’s body.
  • Secure the chest clip even with your child’s armpits.
  • Latch the tether strap to the corresponding anchor if your vehicle has one.

4-8 Years, Over 40 Pounds

  • Use a booster seat.
  • Fasten the lap belt across your child’s thighs and hips, not stomach.
  • Strap the diagonal belt across the chest to rest on the shoulder, not the neck.

WFPD Warrant Issued for Capital Murder

UPDATE:  Just before 7:00 pm tonight, April 28th, Dustin Hord came to the WFPD in order to turn himself in.  He was transported to the Wichita County jail by WFPD officers without incident………………………

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Dustin Hord

Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Crimes against Persons Unit has issued a Capital Murder warrant for 37 year old Dustin Hord.

The warrant stems from the murder of 60 year old Roger Aliff back in October of last year.

On October 4, 2016 at approximately 7:00 pm an officer with the WFPD was waved down by a subject who wanted to report a man laying on the ground just outside the entrance to Lucy Park in the 2500 block of Terrace.  When officers went to investigate they located Aliff on the ground bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound.

Aliff was transported to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Hord is described as a white male, 5’7″ to 5’8″ and weighing between 160 to 180 pounds.

If you have any information on the location of Hord you are encouraged to contact the WFPD at 720-5000 or if you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.