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Eagle Ford: DPS holds second 3-day strike force in August
Wilson County NewsSeptember 5, 2012 | 1,688 views | 1 comment
Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) believe that ongoing strike force efforts have improved public safety in the counties comprising the Eagle Ford shale oil and natural gas play.
DPS Sgt. J. Ryan Christian said he has seen an overall improvement since the rotating strike force group of 20 troopers -- 10 from highway patrol and 10 from commercial-vehicle enforcement -- began the targeted enforcement actions.
“At the same time, we have no plans of stopping [the strike force] and we will continue it indefinitely,” he said.
Troopers converged on Wilson and Karnes counties for the second time in August, for a three-day period Aug. 21-23. During that time, Christian said they noticed a variety of violations among both commercial and non-commercial vehicles. Among tractor-trailers, troopers issued citations for loads that were uncovered and overweight, as well as lighting issues.
Christian also said drivers of passenger cars need to be cautious, especially when driving around tractor-trailers. He said troopers often notice drivers pulling out in front of other vehicles or running stop signs.
“Traffic has increased to such a level, so drivers really have to look both ways,” Christian said. “Everyone needs to make sure that all vehicles obey traffic laws.”
***Sgt. J. Ryan Christian of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol gave the following statistics from DPS’ three-day strike force, Aug. 21-23, in Wilson and Karnes counties:
•Commercial vehicles stopped/inspected: 360
•Commercial vehicle warnings issued: 1,380
•Commercial vehicle citations issued: 149
•Commercial vehicle fugitive arrests: 1
•Non-commercial vehicles stopped/inspected: 57
•Non-commercial vehicle citations issued: 94
•Non-commercial vehicle warnings issued: 295
•Non-commercial vehicle criminal arrests: 1
•Vehicles taken out of service: 53
•Drivers put out of service: 10
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