Enforcing speed limits

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. - Over the past decade there have been close to 100 deaths on county roads in Grayson County. Now county leaders are trying to stop the trend. Officials say one way is to enforce speed limits on county roads with the help of the sheriff's office.

It’s a move which officials hope will let people know, if they break the law, they will get caught.

"We have no one patrolling county roads and one of the biggest complaints we have is speeders on county roads," says Jackie Crisp, Precinct 3 Commissioner.

With each passing day, there the threat of accidents on county roads grows because drivers are not obeying the speed limit.

"I got a call Thursday it seems like everyday someone is calling because someone is flying down the road and they almost got run over we just need someone out there to pose a threat to give you a ticket if you're speeding," Crisp says.

He, along with Pct. 2 Commissioner David Whitlock, approached the rest of the commissioners’ court asking for the county to appoint a deputy in charge of taking care of the growing problem.

"They have given me one officer and they have funded the officer and we have no person aboard and he is being indoctrinated and will soon be out on his own."

Most sheriffs’ offices across the state of Texas do not control speeding through the use of a radar gun, says Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary. Usually they take care of drivers driving erratically along the roadways. Now with the help of a new deputy, they can focus on keeping rural roads safe.

"People do sometimes tend to not obey the speed limits out in the rural areas particularly when they know that there likely isn’t an officer that’s going to catch them on radar," Gary says.

The new traffic enforcement will start at the beginning of December and will be evaluated after a year to see how much of a difference he has made across the county.

Right now, Crisp says anything will help.

"Those little rolling hills, you never know what’s on the other side of that hill you're running wide open down the middle of that road someone is going to get killed."

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  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Nov 6, 2007 at 05:06 PM
    You people on here need to grow up, you act like two yr olds on here you arguing back and forth, the point is these officers need to get out on these roads and inforce the law and give tickets to these people that could care less what the speed is
  • by fed up Location: denison on Nov 6, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    man all of you people talking trash about the police are dumb the thing is that as a cop we can not just do what we need i mean do to the laws we damn near got to ask to pull our gun becase the city dont want a lawsute i would love to catch a bad guy and give him a dang good beating before i take him in but the thing is i can take him in and as i walk back out so will he thanks to the laws so change the law and we will do what we can its pisses me off just as much as it does you everyone is worried about hurting someone fillings even if they are bad pluse the city wants to save money and not have as many policeman as they need
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    Anonymous you are about like 3rd alarm you probably never see the speed limit signs and one of these that do speed on these country roads
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2007 at 10:53 AM
    hey you go 3rd alarm i am with you and maybe people like tracey need to shut up
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    when you need the cops there are never there and when you dont need them they are bothering innocent people...we have a love affair with these people if they were worth anything they would work for the fbi not these local keystone cop outfits
  • by TRACY Location: SHERMAN on Nov 6, 2007 at 09:58 AM
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2007 at 07:48 AM
    3rd. alarm, you are the idot I see you don't get out much do you, we have county roads that are posted 45 I guess you don't see them because you are probably the one going so fast on them
  • by Opinionated Location: Texoma on Nov 6, 2007 at 06:15 AM
    Let's see if this actually gets enforced. You can make all the laws in the world, but without the manpower to enforce them - you are wasting the paper it is written on.
  • by 3rd alarm on Nov 5, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    michelle go preach in sunday school we dont need your uptight bogus respect for the law enforcment officers getting paind handsomly to deal with jerks like the anonymous posters talking trash mark can you show mw in vernons civil statutes where it says the speed limit on county roads is 45 and for the distinguished idiot tracy Harrison Street is not a county road even though it is in the county. if you would have a drink of shut up and stop profiling everyone who drives in your neighborhood as college drinkers you might gain some respect in conversations such as this
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Nov 5, 2007 at 05:22 PM
    P.U. Nethgil, DUH from Sherman, maybe he is one of these idots that thinks he is the only one on the road and the one that does speed
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