PCPD announces 'enhanced' traffic enforcement

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July 31, 2009 11:59:00 AM

By S. BRADY CALHOUN / News Herald Writer
PANAMA CITY – Panama City Police will be conducting “enhanced traffic enforcement” at several locations next week. Officials stressed that while this may seem similar to the Florida Highway Patrol DUI road blocks, it is not.
“We’re not stopping random cars,” said Sgt. Jeff Becker. Instead, drivers will only be pulled over if they are observed violating state statute, Becker said.
He added that letting the public know ahead of time about the enhanced enforcement areas was a way to help prudent drivers.
“People that aren’t paying attention are the ones that are going to be affected,” Becker said.
Officials also reminded motorists to wear their seatbelts, and “although we are announcing the dates and places of these traffic enforcement efforts, we are of course always diligent in our efforts to increase awareness and public safety,” they said in a news release.
The dates and places of the enhanced traffic enforcement efforts are:
- Monday, Aug. 3: Signal light at 15th Street and Balboa Avenue, and stop sign at Ninth Street and Frankford Avenue.
- Tuesday, Aug. 4: Blocking the intersection at 15th Street and Jenks Avenue, and U.S. 231 at Harrison Avenue.
- Wednesday, Aug. 5: Speed enforcement on West U.S. 98 at the Hathaway Bridge, and the 2400 block of U.S. 231.
- Thursday, Aug. 6: Stop sign at 10th Street and Beck Avenue, and safety zones on U.S. 231 and State 77.
- Friday, Aug. 7: Speed enforcement in the 700 block of East U.S. Business 98 and the 4300 block of West 23rd Street.