TxDOT Grant Adds Amarillo Officers Over Holiday Weekend

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 07/02 2014 11:52AM

Updated 07/02 2014 06:21PM

AMARILLO -- The Amarillo Police Department is putting extra officers out now through Sunday July 6 to focus on impaired drivers because of the celebrations that are associated with the Independence Day Holiday.

The July 4 holiday is recognized as one of the most deadly holidays on our roadways. On average there is an alcohol-related crash in Texas every 20 minutes.

Amarillo Police received a Comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation to compensate extra patrol officers to concentrate their enforcement efforts on impaired drivers, speeding violators, and seatbelt/child restraint violators.

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