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DPS heralds success of Wilson-Karnes strike force
A tractor-trailer sits parked on the northbound shoulder of U.S. 181 in Floresville June 15 as a Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol trooper conducts a traffic stop as part of a three-day strike force conducted in Wilson and Karnes counties.
Wilson County NewsJune 20, 2012 3,441 views 1 comment
(Table added, below) Increased traffic brought about by the Eagle Ford shale oil and gas boom also has led to an increase in complaints about traffic violations. This is why troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol teamed up with law-enforcement agencies in Wilson and Karnes counties June 13-15 to form a strike force.
DPS Sgt. Ryan Christian said complaints about excessive speed or other reckless actions have not been raised solely about commercial vehicles -- such as tractor-trailers -- but also about non-commercial vehicles, such as passenger cars, pickup trucks, and vans. Preliminary statistics from the first two days of the strike force are indicated on the table below.
Christian said that in addition to sheriff’s deputies and police officers from both counties, 20 troopers -- including 10 commercial-vehicle-enforcement troopers -- were actively patrolling during the strike force period. The troopers will continue their efforts indefinitely within the entire Eagle Ford region on a rotating basis, he said. DPS’ next planned visit to Wilson and Karnes counties is set for July.
Issues related to tractor-trailers continue to plague officials in Karnes County. Falls City Mayor Brent Houdmann said despite the implementation of a truck route designed to keep these vehicles from being driven through residential areas, residents continue to report that truck drivers are traveling through town.
Houdmann urges residents not to follow the vehicles, but to gather information, such as license plate numbers and company names, and report it to their local law-enforcement agency.
In Karnes County, residents can report issues to the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 830-780-3931. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office dispatch can be reached at 830-393-2535.
Sgt. Ryan Christian of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol gave the following preliminary statistics from the first two days of DPS’ three-day strike force, June 13-15:
Tickets issued-Commercial vehicles: 82
Warnings issued-Commercial vehicles: 727
Tickets issued-Non-commercial vehicles: 113
Warnings issued-Non-commercial vehicles: 325
Commercial vehicle inspections performed: 161
Vehicles taken out of service: 31
Drivers put out of service: 7
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