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, distracted driving (cell phones), 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 local Police Departments.
The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter as provided below.
3rd Quarter FY 2022 (April 1st – June 30th ) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 22
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 48
Speeding – 315
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 12
Non-Hazardous Violations – 29
Warnings – 80
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 2
Hours Worked – 217.82
Miles Driven – 2352
FY 2022 TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stat Totals to Date:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 65
Child Safety Seats – 1
Intersection Violations – 177
Speeding – 899
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 26
Non-Hazardous Violations – 124
Warnings – 241
Arrests – 4
Vehicles Impounded – 7
Hours Worked – 604.88
Miles Driven – 6043
Remember to buckle up and slow down. Your life and the lives of others depend on it.
On 06-28-22, at approx 3:18pm, a black male suspect entered the Union Square bank located at 14th/Holliday and passed a note to the teller demanding money. After receiving the money, the suspect left the scene on foot. He was described as wearing a camo shirt, tan shorts, tennis shoes, and a beanie cap. While searching the area, WFPD Tact and patrol officers located the suspect a couple of blocks away. The suspect was arrested and transported to jail.
More information will be released as it becomes available. No injuries were reported.
The 2022 Click It or Ticket Memorial Campaign ran from May 23rd – June 5th.
Not only were Officers looking for Seat Belt Violations, they were also looking for other violations which would constitute hazardous driving behaviors.
The following is the data which was gathered from this campaign:
Seat Belt Violations – 177
Child Seat Belt Violations – 9
Intersection Violations – 59
Distracted Driving Violations – 11
Speed Violations – 74
Arrests – 1
Total Stops – 437
Enforcement Hours Worked – 171.67
The purpose of the campaign was to educate the public on the importance of buckling up every time they get into a vehicle and travel on a public roadway. The more people buckle up while driving, the less likely they are to be seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash.
Criminals, you’ve been warned. The Wichita Falls Police Department is rolling out a new investigative and crime prevention tool to help curb crimes here in our city.
SafeCam is a widely used and successful program in police departments across the country, and now it will be used to strengthen the partnership between Wichita Falls Police Officers and the community members they serve.
The concept is simple. Businesses and residents can register their security cameras with WFPD. People registering will give basic information such as their name, address, how many security cameras are operational and the direction they are pointed.
By compiling a list of known security cameras in neighborhoods, officers will be able to streamline investigations and directly contact residents or businesses who potentially caught suspects on camera. This partnership helps speed up the process of identifying and arresting suspects to prevent more crimes from occurring.
Security camera video is invaluable for investigators. SafeCam will make it easier to quickly solve neighborhood crimes and allow officers to take a proactive approach to stopping crime sprees.
The information provided to WFPD remains completely confidential, and in no way are officers able to view video unless it is voluntarily provided by the owner. Residents and businesses can voluntarily register their information and can opt out of the program at any time.