Abilene, Texas – 2022 has produced more fatal accidents than any other year in Abilene’s history. In an effort to reduce the number of fatal and serious crashes, the Abilene Police Department has partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct grant-funded selective traffic enforcement programs in Abilene.
Beginning Monday, December 19, the department will begin a selective traffic enforcement program. This program will target drunk drivers and other traffic offenders. It will be conducted in a manner that supplements the Department's ongoing efforts to help curb traffic fatality crashes.
The first program was Operation Slow Down was conducted in June. Starting in October the department began working with TXDOT again in a year-long comprehensive selective traffic enforcement program. Both of these grants targeted hazardous driving issues, particularly speeding.
Officers working the DWI enforcement program this month will work in an overtime capacity. Eighty percent of the funding will come from the federal government. This will allow the department to increase its staffing on the street while keeping the cost to the taxpayers at a minimum.
This new DWI enforcement program is broken up into four time periods. Each time period is scheduled around a major holiday. The first enforcement period will start on December 16th and run through January 1st.
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