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Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

“In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.” says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Vidor Police Department stand by a promise: Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.  If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel.  Pictured:  Officer Kavin Blakeney, Chief Dave Shows, Officer Chase Alexander, Lt. Mike Sanchez, and Sgt. Lee Brading (From left to right)

Special thanks to Georgette M. Pillitere, TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist - Beaumont District for providing the photo.

 

They're not waiting for Labor Day

They're not waiting for Labor Day

Labor Day isn't for another two weeks, but two Central Texas police departments are starting patrols on Friday. What happens in Downtown Austin ends up as far away as Leander. "What's scary is by the time they get here," said Leander Police Chief Greg Minton. "If they're intoxicated and were able to get through all that. What's going to happen when they get to this location?" Last year the Leander Police Department arrested 71 people for drinking and driving and they're on pace to make the same amount this year” Chief Greg Minton says the prime time for traffic stops is between 2:30 and 3 a.m. IDM Leander

 

Talk, Text, Crash

Talk, Text, Crash

Trooper Rosas with the Texas Department of Public Safety Weslaco Driver License office is presented a “Talk, Text, Crash” distracted driving banner to be placed in lobby. Presenting the banner is Ruby Martinez, Traffic Safety Specialist with the Texas Department of Transportation, Pharr District.

 

National Night Out

National Night Out

The Texas Department of Transportation, Pharr District had another great year and an equally great turnout for their annual National Night Out event. Pictured: Octavio (PIO), Ruby (TSS), Garry (LEL).

“National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.” says the NATW.  In one night, communities come together in partnership with local law enforcement agencies to hold cookouts, block parties, and parades, in an effort to encourage relationships within their communities, and heighten awareness in crime prevention.   

Special thanks to Ruby Martinez, Traffic Safety Specialist - Pharr District for providing the photos.

 

Impaired Driving Mobilization kick off! Rob Hanson, LEL visits TxDOT's Lufkin District law enforcement agency participants

Impaired Driving Mobilization kick off! Rob Hanson, LEL visits TxDOT's Lufkin District law enforcement agency participants

The Texas Department of Transportation’s 2014 Summer Incentive is well underway beginning with the successful “Click It or Ticket” mobilization.  With Labor Day fast approaching, the “Impaired Driving Mobilization” enforcement begins August 15, 2014 through September 2, 2014.  The annual Summer Incentive Mobilization encourages Texas law enforcement agencies to partner with TxDOT in every effort to make Texas roads safer with fewer injuries, incidents and fatalities.  In TxDOT's Lufkin District the following agencies are enrolled and participating in the Impaired Driving Mobilization 2014 Summer Incentive Alabama-Coushatta, Corrigan, Onalaska, and Zavalla Police Departments.  “More than 30% of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends are alcohol-impaired.” NHTSA  Let the enforcement begin!

Special thanks to Allison (Beck) Rounsavall, TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist-Lufkin District for providing the photos.

 

Register your agency for the 2014 Click It or Ticket Incentive Program

 

New 4 hr Distracted Driving Law Enforcement Course

New 4 hr Distracted Driving Law Enforcement Course

Beginning October 1st, 2013, our Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) program will offer a new free 4 hour TCOLE Distracted Driving - Law Enforcement course. The purpose of this course is to help Law Enforcement Officers understand the risks associated with distracted driving. Law Enforcement Officers will realize the effect it can have while operating emergency vehicles after attending this course. The potentially tragic consequences of distracted driving should heighten their awareness so they can reshape their attitudes/beliefs to adapt a self-disciplined standard of focused attention to safe driving—as well as influencing their peers, friends and families. If  interested, please contact us to schedule a course for your department. Contact information is provided on the flyer below.

We look forward to working with your department!

Click here for the Distracted Driving: Law Enforcement flyer

 

TxDOT's

TxDOT's

"Accidents involving distracted driving are preventable." says Garry Parker, LEL at the Rio Grande Valley "Talk, Text, Crash" event held by the Texas Department of Transportation.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and TxDOT is continuing our Talk/Text CRASH campaign to raise awareness of the dangers associated with distracted driving and to encourage Texans to put down their cell phones while driving.

Distracted driving, which includes distraction, driver inattention or cell‐phone use, is becoming increasingly common and dangerous, causing traffic crashes and fatalities. In 2013, there were 94,943 traffic crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving (distraction, driver inattention or cell-phone use). These crashes resulted in 18,576 serious injuries and 459 deaths.  In fact, nearly one in five crashes in Texas involves driver distraction.

Although cell phone use is the most easily recognized distractions, all in-vehicle distractions are unsafe and can cause crashes or fatalities. TxDOT calls on all Texans to focus on the road and wait until arriving at their destinations to conduct non-driving activities.

 

'Sound Cannon' Warns Distracted Motorists, Slow Down, Move Over

'Sound Cannon' Warns Distracted Motorists, Slow Down, Move Over
 

Training Courses

The Law Enforcement Liaison Grant is proud to offer a Law Enforcement Distracted Driving Course. Registration for the courses is ongoing and information on the courses is below.

Distracted Driving Course Information

 

 

Mission Statement

 

The primary mission of the Statewide Distracted Driver Education and Comprehensive Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Support Project is to promote traffic safety throughout the State of Texas. Work in a supportive role with the Texas Department of Transportation and provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies. To deliver education in the area of distracted driving to teens, adults and law enforcement personnel to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities. 

 

 

Traffic Safety Newstories from around Texas

Traffic Safety Newstories from around Texas
 
   
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In the News...

Women killed in Caldwell County SUV rollover

Women killed in Caldwell County SUV rollover
 

A Daughter Remembered ...

A Daughter Remembered ...
 

Federal Highway Safety Grants Go Unclaimed

Federal Highway Safety Grants Go Unclaimed
 

Let the enforcement begin!

Let the enforcement begin!

TxDOT's Lufkin District has several law enforcement agencies participating in the 2014 Impaired Driving Mobilization.  Rob Hanson, LEL Distracted Driving Instructor visited several participating agencies such as, Alabama-Coushatta, Corrigan, Onalaska (pictured here) and Zavalla Police Department.  Enforcement for the Incentive begins August 15th through September 2nd.

You can't WIN if you don't ENROLL.  Register your agency at www.txdot.gov/apps/egrants (click on the "2014 Incentive Program")

Special thanks to Allison (Beck) Rounsavall, TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist-Lufkin District for providing the photos.

 

A Movie Theater Got Its Audience To Use Their Phones So It Could Teach Them A Lesson

A Movie Theater Got Its Audience To Use Their Phones So It Could Teach Them A Lesson
 

NHTSA: Distracted Driving Crashes Cost Americans $129 Billion a Year

NHTSA: Distracted Driving Crashes Cost Americans $129 Billion a Year
 

Annie's List executive director dies in six-vehicle accident, several injured

 

Police: Byron teen killed in crash on first day of school was texting

 

Memorial Day Road Trip Travel Etiquette

Memorial Day Road Trip Travel Etiquette
 

Text Messaging 911 Takes Effect: What You Need to Know

 

Dash camera video released involving Missouri City Cop who jumped off bridge

Dash camera video released involving Missouri City Cop who jumped off bridge
 

SAPD investigate photo of officer texting on motorcycle

SAPD investigate photo of officer texting on motorcycle
 

Midlothian Officer Dies From Injuries Sustained In Crash

Midlothian Officer Dies From Injuries Sustained In Crash
 

Distractions Lead to Frequent Police Crashes in Texas

Distractions Lead to Frequent Police Crashes in Texas
 

App allows parents, employers to prohibit texting while driving

App allows parents, employers to prohibit texting while driving
 
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