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Crockett PD among the winners of TxDOT's 2014 Memorial Day “Click It Or Ticket” campaign

Crockett PD among the winners of TxDOT's 2014 Memorial Day “Click It Or Ticket” campaign

Crockett Police Department recently participated in the Texas Department of Transportation's Memorial Day "Click It Or Ticket" campaign.  The Incentive Awards program offered, to all non-funded Texas law enforcement agencies statewide, the chance at being included in a random drawing to receive one of twenty, $3,000 awards. The awards allow agencies to purchase traffic safety equipment and/or training.  This year 133 law enforcement agencies registered and reported. A few of the requirements to be eligible for the random drawing, agencies were required to increase Child Safety Seat/Seat Belt enforcement, conduct media efforts, and report the results at the conclusion of the campaign.

Left to right is Officer Brandon Gardner, Allison Rounsavall (TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, Lufkin District), Chief David Cross, Robert Hanson (TMPA Law Enforcement Liaison), and Officer Austin Roberts ~ Congratulations Crockett P.D.  Thank you to Chief Cross and Allison Rounsavall for providing the photo.

 

Vidor PD among the twenty TxDOT’s 2014 “Click It Or Ticket” campaign winners

Vidor PD among the twenty TxDOT’s 2014 “Click It Or Ticket” campaign winners

Seat belts save lives! In 2002, only 76 percent of Texans used seat belts. This is the first year the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) birthed the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign in Texas. Vidor Police Department recently participated in the incentive campaign. In a random drawing, the Vidor Police Department received a $3,000 award. The Incentive Awards program offers all Texas non-funded law enforcement agencies the chance at being included in a random drawing to receive one of twenty, $3,000 awards. These funds allow agencies to purchase training or traffic safety equipment for their agency.  This year 133 law enforcement agencies registered and reported. A few of the requirements to be eligible for the random drawing, agencies were required to increase Seat Belt and Child Safety Seat enforcement, conduct a media event, and report the results at the conclusion of the campaign.  According to TxDOT, since its inception, the campaign has resulted in 3,962 fewer traffic fatalities while preventing 66,823 serious injuries, and saving more than 15 billion dollars in related economic costs.  Today, 9 out of 10 Texans buckle up.  Congratulations Vidor P.D. and to each participating agency.

Left to right is Police Chief David Shows, Lt. Mike Sanchez, Georgette Pillitere (TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, Beaumont District)

Thank you to Georgette Pillitere, TxDOT TSS, Beaumont, for the photo.

 

Remember Elana Noelle Myers 2014. Buckle up.

Remember Elana Noelle Myers 2014. Buckle up.
 

Driver charged after head-on wreck that killed deputy

Driver charged after head-on wreck that killed deputy
 

Some things never stop...

Some things never stop...
 

Distracted Driver Plows into Mustang During Traffic Stop

Distracted Driver Plows into Mustang During Traffic Stop
 

DPS Arrests 1,100 Drunk Drivers During Holiday Enforcement

DPS Arrests 1,100 Drunk Drivers During Holiday Enforcement
 

Distracted driver slams patrol car!!!

Distracted driver slams patrol car!!!

One officer's awareness of an oncoming distracted driver, and his quick thinking saved his life.

 

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Distracted Driving: Michigan State Police Crackdown

Distracted Driving: Michigan State Police Crackdown
 

TxDOT Safety Meeting, Lufkin District

TxDOT Safety Meeting, Lufkin District

The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) is in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to provide free Distracted Driving training courses to Adults, Teens and Law Enforcement. The class discusses the potentially tragic consequences that affect Texas drivers when distracted while operating a motor vehicle. 

Pictured, Rob Hanson, Law Enforcement Liaison with the Texas Municipal Police Association shares the Adult Distracted Driving presentation to Lufkin District TxDOT employees at a monthly safety meeting on September 16, 2 014. Special thanks to Traffic Safety Specialist Allison (Beck) Rounsavall for the photos.

 

Child Passenger Safety Week Event TxDOT Houston

Child Passenger Safety Week Event TxDOT Houston
 

Parents get expert advice on child safety seats

Parents get expert advice on child safety seats
 

Labor Day Driving Tips

Labor Day Driving Tips

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends on the road, so planning ahead and being well prepared are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. To make the most of Labor Day, it pays to know a few things in advance to avoid being stuck on the road on your way back home from a great holiday weekend.

Click here to read more from USA Today

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) encourages all drivers to "Think twice before you drink and drive. Officers all over Texas are out in force to get drunk drivers off the road. Drink. Drive. Go to Jail."

 

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

 

Click It or Ticket

Click It or Ticket
 

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.

Click here to read official TxDOT news...

 

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

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

'Sound cannon' makes its debut on Missouri highways warning distracted motorists to slow down and move over.

“The whole idea is to prevent crashes into our mobile work zones,” said Chris Redline, assistant Kansas City district engineer with the department.  Missouri state highway workers mounted a long range acoustic device on the back of a truck during tests last fall. The sonic device produces a loud noise to warn motorists away from work crews. Photo courtesy of the University of Missouri

Click here to read more...

 

 

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...

Mary Anderson patents windshield wiper

Mary Anderson patents windshield wiper
 

“From One Second To The Next” A Film By Werner Herzog – It Can Wait

“From One Second To The Next” A Film By Werner Herzog – It Can Wait
 

Steering teen drivers out of harm's way

Steering teen drivers out of harm's way
 

When Distracted Driving Becomes the Norm

When Distracted Driving Becomes the Norm
 

Eyes on the road: Searching for answers to the problem of distracted driving

Eyes on the road: Searching for answers to the problem of distracted driving
 

6 ways the cops know you're texting

6 ways the cops know you're texting
 

Manifesto - Texting while driving PSA

Manifesto - Texting while driving PSA
 

More Ignition Interlocks Could Soon Be on the Road

More Ignition Interlocks Could Soon Be on the Road
 

Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries - Costly but Preventable

The best way to keep people safe and reduce medical costs is to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. But if a crash does occur, many injuries can still be avoided through the use of proven interventions. 

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Latest on deadly SH 130 rollover crash

Latest on deadly SH 130 rollover crash
 

6 Crazy Incidents of Distracted Driving

6 Crazy Incidents of Distracted Driving
 

Dramatic Texting And Driving PSA

Dramatic Texting And Driving PSA
 

These are catching everyone's attention during commutes

These are catching everyone's attention during commutes
 

A text may save a child's life.

A text may save a child's life.

A text may save a child's life. Spread the word!

Text "seat" followed by your zip code to 876526.

The Texas Department of Transportation will message you contact information to schedule a FREE safety seat check with your local TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist. GENIUS!!! Well done!

(message and data rates may apply)

 

Texting and driving simulator shows risks of distracted driving

Texting and driving simulator shows risks of distracted driving

"Your Last Words" is the name of the campaign which tries to send the message to teens that a text isn't worth risking your life.

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Hands off: Next year, Austin drivers can't hold phones to ears on road

Hands off: Next year, Austin drivers can't hold phones to ears on road
 

Vermont soon bans handheld devices while driving

Vermont soon bans handheld devices while driving
 

Traffic Safety Booth - Hotter 'N Hell Hundred

Traffic Safety Booth - Hotter 'N Hell Hundred

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) traffic safety booth if full of smiles at the 33rd annual Hotter 'N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls. This event is one of the oldest and largest cycling events in the nation.  All over the world cycle-enthusiasts travel to face hot, intense winds and the extreme Texas heat to bike 25 mile, 50 mile and 100 mile routes. LEL Garry Parker, LEL Lynda Walker, TSS Tish Beaver, TSS Robert White, TSS Brandon Freeze, TxDOT Vivian Fatheree, TRF Freddie Summer. Well done everyone!

 

Leander patrol unit hit by drunk driver

Leander patrol unit hit by drunk driver

A Leander Police officer narrowly misses getting hit by a drunk driver while on a traffic stop. It's video given exclusively to FOX 7.

In dash camera video from June 21 of last year, Officer Jerod Kostecka is captured finishing up a traffic stop along Baghdad Road. He walks back to his SUV and opens the door. Kostecka, out of breath and shaken, barely misses getting hit.

(Video) click here to watch

 

A Daughter Remembered ...

A Daughter Remembered ...

Beautiful inside and out, "Elana believed she would make a difference in this world. We miss her every day and suffer each day but if even in suffering we can help prevent another death we will step up." said Mike and Tracy Myers.

Click here to watch a father's message ...

 

Women killed in Caldwell County SUV rollover

Women killed in Caldwell County SUV rollover

When first responders arrived, they found eight people ejected from the SUV, and four more were trapped inside.

Department of Public Safety officials say no one in the SUV was wearing their seat belt, and the children were not restrained in car seats.

Click here to read more...

 

Student involved in fatal car crash

Student involved in fatal car crash

On Wednesday afternoon Elana Myers, an undeclared freshman from Austin, was involved in a rollover car crash outside of Post, according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety.  “She had gotten permission to leave early from her professors,” she said, “and was just on the way to Austin for a booking or a runway thing. On the way there she just got into a car accident.”

click here to read more...

 

Federal Highway Safety Grants Go Unclaimed

Federal Highway Safety Grants Go Unclaimed

To qualify for distracted driving incentive grants, state laws must include minimum fines that escalate for subsequent offenses and require distracted driving issues in driver's license exams.

Cathy Chase "hopes Congress will make changes to help states qualify."

"(The grants) were a good idea that went wrong," Adkins says. "They are so complicated and convoluted that in most cases it is extremely difficult to understand what a state needs to do to qualify."

Click here to read more...

 

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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