Aggressive Drivers: HPD To Increase Its Eyes on You

October 28, 2009 - Members of the Houston Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Division today unveiled several innovative methods to catch speeding, aggressive and unsafe drivers.

Among those methods:

Officers riding in 18-wheelers to identify unsafe and aggressive drivers

Officers stationed in Texas Department of Transportation bucket trucks to identify speeding motorists

Plain-clothed officers stationed on street corners to identify motorists who are observed not wearing their seatbelts

In all these cases, the officers will then radio to officers in a marked patrol car who can take corrective action, and make a traffic stop.

“This initiative is part of HPD’s plan to partner with the public and make the streets of Houston safer for everyone,” said HPD Captain Carl Driskell. “We hope that by letting the public know ahead of time that HPD is using these methods to target aggressive and unsafe drivers that we can reduce the number of accidents, especially fatal accidents,” Driskell added.

Year-to-date, there have been 179 fatal traffic accidents in Houston. We remind the public that since September 1, Texas law mandates that all occupants in a motor vehicle must wear their seatbelts.

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200 .

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