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Truck Enforcement Unit - Step Grant Program

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STEP GRANT PROGRAM

The Houston Police Department has teamed together with the Texas Department of Transportation to reduce crashes and fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles. This has been achieved through grant funding to provide for highway / roadway traffic enforcement.
 
Grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation has played a significant role in the Truck Enforcement Unit’s success in combating unsafe driving behavior of commercial vehicle drivers. Grant funding has provided an additional field force of officers to monitor and enforce traffic safety laws on the roadways in the City of Houston.

Certified Truck Enforcement officers stop and cite violators for violations that have been shown to cause crashes and fatal crashes, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to signal lane change
  • Driving in prohibited /restricted lane on freeways
  • Unsafe lane change
  • No seat belt use
  • Texting while driving
  • As well as other hazardous moving violations

 

In addition, officers provide community support and training as it relates to commercial vehicle drivers. Safety meetings are provided to the commercial vehicle industry with an emphasis on the drivers’ behavior while operating the commercial vehicle. 


Please check out driving safety tips for driving around large trucks and commercial vehicle crash statistics from counties around the state.



http://www.dot.state.tx.us/safety/tips/large_trucks.htm

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2010/29_2010.pdf