Longview PD program yields 2,500 tickets


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Longview Police Department said it has issued almost 2,500 tickets during the first half of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program for 2007-08.

The department gave 1,355 speeding tickets between October and March, more than half of the total number of tickets, police said. Of the 13 locations chosen for additional speed enforcement, Gilmer Road between the 100 block and 4300 block saw the most citations with 244 speeding tickets.

Officers also issued tickets for disregarding seatbelt or child restraint laws, failing to stop at red lights or stop signs, and other traffic violations.

In the same six-month time, officers made 38 arrests as a result of traffic enforcement, including eight arrests for people who where charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

The Selective Enforcement Program is partially funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation that allows off-duty police officers to work overtime for additional traffic enforcement, police said. The total grant is almost $70,000.

In the first six months of the program, officers worked almost 690 hours of overtime. The grant program will end Sept. 30. The police department has applied for a continuation of the grant.