PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville’s Police Department is using a State grant to catch more traffic violators in the act.
The Texas Department of Transportation’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program helped Pflugerville police make 25 more traffic stops last month.
For the last two years at the Pflugerville Police Department, they’ve qualified for that STEP program. They say they’ve gotten roughly $12,000 each year to help assist with distracted driving, impaired driving, not wearing a seat-belt, and other unsafe driving practices.
Pflugerville’s Police Department is using the money to put, on average, two more officers out on the streets at any given time. Some of the focus areas for December were along 685 near the town-center, and up near north Heatherwilde.
Pflugerville police officers say almost 3% of the 862 traffic stops they made last month were thanks to the extra set of eyes on the roadways.
“It doesn’t seem like much just from hearing the number, but it’s that 1%,” said Sergeant Gordon Mckissack. “We are where we need to be that prevents a collision from taking a family of four, which makes it priceless.”
Enforcement happens over the holidays, but this STEP program is offered year round.