AMARILLO -- The City of Amarillo was approved again for a traffic enforcement grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
The grant pays for extra officers to patrol and focus on impaired drivers, speed violators, and seatbelt and child restraint violators. This grant will run from October 1, 2013 thru September 30, 2014.
A recent seatbelt survey conducted at four different locations within the city revealed a usage rate of 85.6%. A recent speed survey of 22 different streets within the city reflected that only 19.5 % of the drivers are in compliance of the posted speed limits at those locations.
There have been 26 people killed in 24 fatal traffic collisions this year. Of those fatal collisions, 10 involved an impaired driver, 10 involved excessive speed, and 7 of the people killed were not secured by safety belts. The problems of impaired driving, excessive speed, and failure to wear safety belts obviously need to be addressed. The extra officers out on patrol focusing on these violations will have an impact on reducing the number of fatal accidents within the city.
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