WFPD Releases Third Quarter FY 2020 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Statistics

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The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter FY 2020 (April-June) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 25
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 60
Speeding – 249
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 4
Other Violations – 35
Arrests – 0
Vehicles Impounded – 4
Hours Worked – 157
Miles Driven – 1326

WFPD Releases 2020 2nd Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Statistics

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The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 2nd Quarter FY 2020 (January -March) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 29
Child Safety Seats – 4
Intersection Violations – 76
Speeding – 350
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 5
Other Violations – 105
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 234.5
Miles Driven – 1816

Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault and Hit & Run

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On 01-29-20, at approx 1:40 am, officers responded to nightclub in the 1400 blk of Iowa Park Rd in reference to a disturbance.

Investigation revealed that 35 year old Randal Burham had been asked to leave and eventually was escorted out of the club. When Burham got into his vehicle, he tried to run over the employee that escorted him out but hit a concrete pillar instead. He backed up and struck a parked car before unsuccessfully trying to hit the employee again. As he backed up to leave, Burham struck another parked car. Officers located Burham sitting in his car a short distance away and he was arrested and transported to jail.

He was charged with Aggravated Assault and 2 counts of Duty on Striking an Unattended Vehicle – Hit & Run.

FY 2020 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S ENFORCEMENT STATS RELEASED

step christmasThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the FY 2020 CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S ENFORCEMENT  TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats which covered a two week period beginning Friday, December 13, 2019, and ended Wednesday,  January 1, 2020:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 10
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 11
Speeding – 18
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 1
Other Violations – 3
Arrests – 1
Vehicles Impounded – 2
Hours Worked – 20
Miles Driven – 180

WFPD Releases 2020 1st Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 1st Quarter FY 2020 (October – December 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 31
Child Safety Seats – 2
Intersection Violations – 101
Speeding – 361
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 15
Other Violations – 120
Arrests – 1
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 285
Miles Driven – 2,256

WFPD Releases 2019 4th Quarter and Year End TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 4th Quarter FY 2019 (July – September 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 40
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 47
Speeding – 330
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 9 
Other Violations – 84
Warnings – 138
Arrests – 0
Vehicles Impounded – 4
Hours Worked – 245.5
Miles Driven – 1,962

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats for the fiscal year starting at October 2018 and going through September 2019

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 231
Child Safety Seats – 13
Intersection Violations – 264
Speeding – 1,613
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 52 
Other Violations – 555
Warnings – 548
Arrests – 13
Vehicles Impounded – 34
Hours Worked – 1,170
Miles Driven – 9,417
The WFPD is currently participating in FY 2020 Comprehensive STEP Grant, which runs from October 1, 2019 through September 30th, 2020.

Share the Road: Hotter’n Hell Hundred

e06f931b6976f30b4d4641edd71c83ed_400x400The Hotter’n Hell 100 is just a couple of weeks away 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:

1. Different but Equal

In all states, cyclists are deemed by law to be drivers of vehicles and are entitled to the same rights on the road as motorists. Expect cyclists on the road. Watch for cyclists on the road. Treat them as you would any slow-moving vehicle.

2. Patience, not Patients

Patience, especially on the road, is a virtue, and can save lives.

Your patience may involve:

  • Waiting until it is safe to pass a bicycle and refraining from tailgating.
  • Giving cyclists the right of way when the situation calls for it.
  • Allowing extra time for cyclists to go through intersections.
  • Recognizing road hazards that may be dangerous for cyclists and giving cyclists the necessary space to deal with them. In conditions where there is not enough room for a cyclist to ride to the right, they are allowed to ride closer to the lane of traffic, and sometimes even in the lane of traffic.

Never engage in conduct that harasses or endangers a cyclist. Above all: Be tolerant. Be understanding. Be careful.

3. A Passing Grade

Do not pass a cyclist until you can see that you can safely do so. You should allow ample space between your vehicle and the bicycle and make sure you do not place the cyclist in danger. If you pass too closely the drag from your car can pull a cyclist off course and cause the rider to swerve out of control.

4. The Right Behavior

Watch out for cyclists when you are turning right. A bicyclist may well be to the right of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection. Do not speed ahead of the bicyclist thinking you can negotiate the turn before they reach your car. The cyclist may be going faster than you think and, as you slow to make the turn, the cyclist may not be able to avoid crashing into the passenger side of your vehicle.

5. To The Left, to The Left

Also look for cyclists when making a left-hand turn. Cyclists who are crossing straight through the same intersection in the opposite direction may be going faster than you realize. It is particularly dangerous on a descending slope, when cyclists pick up more speed.

6. A Back-up Plan:

Bicycles, and the people who drive them, come in all shapes and sizes. When backing out of your driveway always look to see if someone is riding in your path. Children on small bikes might be hard to see. Drive slowly and look carefully.

7. Egress Etiquette

After parallel parking, make sure the coast is clear for opening the car door to exit. Make sure there are no cyclists riding alongside your car or fast approaching. By using the rear view mirrors and by turning around, a driver can spot an approaching cyclist and circumvent a disaster. A cyclist cannot anticipate when a driver will open a door, but a driver can easily detect a cyclist who may be in the line of danger.

8. Respect

Cyclists have a rightful spot on the road. Cyclists also positively impact the environment with each revolution of their wheels by opting to ride rather than drive. Do not resent cyclists. Replace frustration with a smile every time to see a cyclist.

9. Honing Your Horning Habit

Do not honk unnecessarily at cyclists. If the need does arise to honk your horn to alert a cyclist that you are about pass, do so at a respectable distance. If you are too close, the noise itself can cause a cyclist to lose his or her bearings and create a hazardous situation for both you and the cyclist.

10. Try it, You’ll Like it

If you can’t beat them, join them. Ride a bike. It may just change your life. Riding is good for you and good for your environment. At the very least, it will give you a better appreciation for the problems cyclists face everyday on the road with respect to motorists.

WFPD Releases 2019 3rd Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter FY 2019 (April – June 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 69
Child Safety Seats – 4
Intersection Violations – 63
Speeding – 403
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 15 
Other Violations – 171
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 305.5
Miles Driven – 2,500

WFPD Releases Recent Click it or Ticket Stats

Click-It-or-TicketThe Wichita Falls Police Department participated in this years TxDOT Click It or Ticket campaign which ran from May 20th through June 2nd. During that time the WFPD had additional Officers on the street focusing on Occupant Protection for all passengers in vehicles.

Adult Seat Belt Citations                   227
Child Safety Seats                               18
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones)     26
Intersection Violations                      75
Speeding                                               25
Other Violations                                  140
Arrests                                                   3
Vehicle Impounds                               2
Hours Worked                                     220.3
Miles Driven                                        1,469
WFPD has partnered with TxDOT’s Click It or Ticket since 2002.