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.

 

WFPD Participating in TxDOT Click It Or Ticket Campaign

Click-It-or-TicketThe Wichita Falls Police Department is participating in this years TxDOT Click It or Ticket Campaign which runs from May 20th through June 2nd. 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.

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 Releases 2019 2nd 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 2nd Quarter FY 2019 (January – March 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 54
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 71
Speeding – 442
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 9 
Other Violations – 148
Arrests – 4
Vehicles Impounded – 10
Hours Worked – 311.5
Miles Driven – 2,442

Are you a distracted driver?

unnamed (3)April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Wichita Falls Police Department wants to remind you that distracted driving can be deadly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 3,166 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017.
Texting while driving distracts a driver visually, manually, and cognitively. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the length of an entire football field.
Follow these steps for a safe driving experience:
-If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
-Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
-Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. Cellphone use can be habit-forming.
-Put your cellphone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat until you arrive at your destination.

WFPD releases latest STEP grant results

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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 Spring Break TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 12
Child Safety Seats – 1
Intersection Violations – 19
Speeding – 37
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 3
Other Violations – 20
Arrests – 1
Vehicles Impounded – 2
Hours Worked – 44.5
Miles Driven – 264

WFPD Motors Unit Brings Home Top Honors From 6th Annual COTPMCO

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Members of the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit participated in the 6th Annual COTPMCO (Capital of TX Police Motorcycle Chute Out) held in Buda, TX between February 27 and March 2nd.

They competed against several other agencies and came home with multiple top finishes to include coming in First place for the Overall Team Award.

Along with competing the officers attending we were able to meet with numerous agencies from several different states, sharing training ideas and tactics, along with looking at the latest in technology related to police motorcycle operation.

Congratulations to all those who competed.

First Place Overall Team Award

Sgt. Van Dotson

Officer Justin Whisenhunt

Officer Clint Halloway

Officer Danny Castillo

 

Third Place Team Challenge Event

Sgt. Van Dotson

Officer Justin Whisenhunt

Officer Clint Halloway

Officer Chris Cozart

 

**Individual Awards by Category**

 

Metric Bike – Expert Class

2nd Place – Officer Chris Cozart

6th Place – Sgt. Van Dotson

7th Place – Officer Justin Whisenhunt

8th Place – Officer Clint Halloway

11th Place – Officer Danny Castillo

12th Place – Officer C.J. Mauck

13th Place – Officer Kody McBride

17th Place – Sgt. Leland Wright

 

Metric Bike – Novice Class

3rd Place – Officer Jessie Whitehead

5th Place – Officer Dustin Moffett

7th Place – Officer Danny Atnip

WFPD Releases 2019 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 2019 (October – December 2018) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 68
Child Safety Seats – 6
Intersection Violations – 83
Speeding – 438
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 19 
Other Violations – 152
Arrests – 6
Vehicles Impounded – 14
Hours Worked – 307.5
Miles Driven – 2,513

Re-packaging Identity Theft scam

Scam AlertThe Wichita Falls Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit would like to inform people of the dangers of a re-packaging Identity Theft scam.

An individual(s) will compromise the victim’s identity and begin to purchase items in their name.  Often times they will have the items that were fraudulently purchased shipped to the victim’s address.  The suspects will then track the packages and when they are delivered/left at the victim’s home the suspect(s) will then simply go up and take the packages.  Often times the victim will never know their identity has been compromised until it is too late.

If you believe that you are the victim of identity theft or have any information regarding possible suspects involved in identity theft you are encouraged to contact the WFPD at 720-5000.

You can get a free credit report by going to FTC.gov – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports?utm_source=takeaction

You can also file an identity theft report at https://www.identitytheft.gov/?utm_source=takeaction

This is a serious situation which occurs on a daily basis all over the United States. Take it seriously and check your information.

Share the Road: Hotter’n Hell Hundred

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The Hotter’n Hell 100 is upon us 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 to 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.