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KPD To Conduct A Special Enforcement Traffic Detail

The Killeen Police Department Special Operations Section, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit will conduct a special Multi-Agency enforcement operation on Thursday, October 30th, 2014, for violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration CFR 49, Texas Transportation Code, and for Texas License and Weight violations.

Inspections will be conducted on Commercial vehicles in commerce operating in the City Limits of Killeen. Commercial vehicles are defined as vehicles that have a GVRW, Combined GVRW, Registered weight, or Actual weight of 26001 lbs. or more and Vehicles carrying any placard amount of Hazmat material.

This special enforcement operation is conducted to make sure large commercial trucks are complying with Federal and State laws and the vehicles are kept in a safe operational manner.   Due to their large size and weight, the vehicles need more distance to stop and maneuver through traffic. Trucks will be inspected for the following: Tires, Log Books, Tarps, Brakes, Frames, and load Securement, just to name a few.

Michael A. Watts Commercial

Vehicle Enforcement

Killeen Police Department

KPD Conducts Special Traffic Detail

The Killeen Police Department Special Operations Unit conducted a special enforcement operation on Thursday, September 26, 2014, in order to inform citizens of the actual law, 545.157 Passing Authorized Emergency Vehicle, and to increase the emphasis on the danger of traffic enforcement throughout the city.

The following violations occurred in the officer’s presence during the hours of 7:20am – 2:30pm, at four separate locations; the 6400 block of Trimmier, the 1500 block of Hwy 195, the 1900 block of East Elms and the 20000 block of South Hwy 195.

  • 129 citations were issued for Improper passing
  • 6 citations were issued for Fail to Display a Driver’s License
  • 4 citations were issued for Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility
  • 6 citations were issued for Disregard TCD
  • 1 citation was issued for Fail to Yield Right of Way Turning Left
  • 1 citation was issued for Fail to Yield Right of Way to Emergency Vehicle
  • 1 citation was issued for Stop/Stand/Parking
  • 1 citation was issued for No Driver’s License

A total of 149 citations were issued for various violations.

Ofelia Miramontez

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

KPD to Conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Detail

The Killeen Police Department Special Operations Unit will conduct a special traffic enforcement operation on Thursday, September 25, 2014, for violation of 545.157 Passing Authorized Emergency Vehicle.

The Texas State Law states – (a) on approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702, an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall:

(1) Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle when driving on a

highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the

emergency vehicle; or

(2) Slow to a speed not to exceed:

(A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit, when the posted

speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more;

(B) Five miles an hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles

per hour.

(b) a violation of this section is:

(1) a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401

(2) a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the violation results

in property damage: or

(3)  a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in bodily injury.

(c) if conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an

offense under section of this code or the Penal Cove, the actor may be

prosecuted under either section or under both sections.

This special enforcement operation is conducted to inform motorists of the actual law and to increase the emphasis on the danger of traffic enforcement throughout the city.  Police Officers are at risk on a daily basis when they enforce traffic laws; officers are not only seriously injured but also killed due to the driver’s inattentiveness.

Carroll Smith

Public Affairs

Killeen Police Department

School Zones Are Back on Monday!

The Killeen Police Department would like to remind all motorists that beginning Monday, August 25, 2014; a new school year begins.

School Zone SignOn Monday, August 25, 2014, motorists will be seeing more children walking to and from school.  The Killeen Police Department is asking all motorists to be mindful of the extra pedestrians and that the school zones will be in effect and will be enforced.

Remember the speed limits will be decreased in a designated school zone; the majority of school zones begin at 7:00am and are usually 20 mph.  Please remember children are known to dart out into the roadway and it is asked that you give extra attention when driving.

We would also like to remind you that it is against the law to talk on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle within a designated school zone unless the vehicle is stopped or the device is used with a hands free device or to make an emergency call.

It is against the law to use a wireless communication device to view, send or compose an electronic message or engage other application software while operating a motor vehicle in a designated school zone.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Announce Results of Traffic Enforcement Detail

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit reviewed the area of FM 2410 and FM 3470 over the past several months and found that a high number of crashes where failure to control speed and running red lights had been the contributing factors. On Thursday, March 20, 2014, officers conducted a special traffic detail enforcing the law pertaining to running red lights.

All of the following violations occurred in the officer’s presence during the hours of 6:30am – 9:30am and 10:40am – 12:15pm.

  • 151 citations were issued for Ran Red Light
  • 4 citations were issued for Failure to Yield Right of Way Red Light
  • 1 citations was issued for Failure to Stop at Designative Point
  • 1 citation was issued for Failure to Control Speed
  • 25 Non hazardous citations were issued
  • 1 Commercial Motor Vehicle was cited for Failure to Secure Heavy Load

A total of 183 citations were issued for various violations, but as you can see the vast majority was those for running a red light.

There was one crash that occurred in the officer’s presence and the citation was written for Failure to Control Speed; there were no injuries reported in this crash.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

Killeen Police to Conduct Traffic Enforcement Detail

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit to conduct special red light detail.

The Killeen Police Department has reviewed the area of FM 2410 and FM 3470 over the past several months. The traffic unit has seen a high number of crashes where failure to control speed and running red lights have been the contributing factors.

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, officers will be conducting a special traffic detail in the area of FM 2410 and FM 3470 enforcing the law pertaining to running red lights.

Texas Transportation Code Sec. 544.007 Ran Red Light

(d) An operator of a vehicle facing only a steady red light shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. A vehicle that is not turning shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown. After stopping, standing until the intersection may be entered safely, and yielding right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk and other traffic lawfully using the intersection, the operator may:

(1) turn right.

The officers will be conducting this detail throughout the day and all violators will be cited.

Carroll Smith
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department