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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