GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- For the past two months, one Grayson County Sheriff’s deputy has patrolled county roads. The deputy has been looking to catch drivers going above the speed limit. So far, county officials say the results are better than they expected.
Drivers speeding down county roads are complaints Grayson County officials deal with a on a regular basis. Sometimes, motorists exceed 30 miles per hour over the speed limit. Now a deputy is there to crack down on violators and to keep everyone safe.
"We're not out here trying to give tickets we're out here trying to save lives and prevent accidents but if that’s what it takes to get your attention then I guess that’s what’s going to do it." Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary says.
In 17 days of December, 95 drivers received tickets for speeding. This month, 68 have been caught in 15 days. It’s needless to say; Grayson County authorities are pleased with their new deputy.
"I think the program is very successful, and we're doing a good job out there, and it is my understanding that we are slowing some people down, which is good and we’re not doing this because of the money that is being made from the fines." Gary says.
Sheriff Gary says it was supposed to be a test period to see how drivers travel on county roads, but it has turned out to be an eye opening experience, much like the number of teens who have died on those same roads...
"We’ve paved about 32 miles of road to smooth them out, and people are driving faster, and as you can see there are hills running both ways and if you top that hill going 80 miles per hour this road is not but 20 feet wide."
County officials say the speed limit on all county roads is 55 miles per hour unless otherwise marked. Commissioner Jackie Crisp says they often receive complaints of speeding from residents, but none so far on the new enforcement.
"I’ve never had one negative comment on it. Everyone is positive about it because we're slowing them down."
Those that are caught, Sheriff Gary says, know not to do it again.
"By and large, they're understanding, and they said, ‘Yeah, well, I was going too fast and I shouldn’t have been going that fast,’ and they seem to understand.”
Sheriff Keith Gary will present the results of the trial-period at next week’s commissioners court meeting. He believes the program will continue for a little while longer.