Controlling speeds on Grayson Co. roads

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

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.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2008 at 04:03 PM
    you got that right sheriff gary is old is'nt he like 95 years old.and it is all about money.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    I hope sheriff gary does not win the next time.he's too too old
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    It's not about the money. (yea right)
  • by kelly on Jan 25, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    i hate to think what this world would be like with no cops...but the protect and serve thing is gone with all the other good things in the past
  • by TxTopCop Location: Grayson County on Jan 25, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    In law enforcement, we all have specific jobs. Some work investigations, some work administration and some work traffic. As a former traffic enforcement officer, I not only wrote citations to violators, I also arrested drug dealers, murders, child predators, driving drunks, etc. I also took large amounts of drugs and drugs dealer assets. But the most important thing I did was to make the road safer for you, your family, your children and everyone else in the community. So for those that think we're just out there writing tickets to 'harass' the public and those who think that police officers are 'useless', you need to wake up and realize that we are out there the the good of all citizens, not just you.
  • by Me Location: Denison on Jan 25, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    The ones yelling the loudest about getting a ticket for speeding is the ones that will yell the loudest if them are a loved one gets hurt or killed in a wreak due to speeding. It's scary of how many Adults doesn't like rules. I deal with it everyday in my workplace. Rules are rules wheather we like them or not. That goes to show your parents didn't get that message across to you as a child. If we don't go by the rules we have to own up to it. If you read the news, a lot of the drug haulers ARE caught by doing something wrong like speeding and running stop signs. Don't critize our police. As they say, have you walked a mile in my shoes. If you think the police are useless, why is it them you call when you have a problem?
  • by Concerned Location: Dension on Jan 25, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    To Anonymous from no town listed and about you two go somewhere else to live where there is no law enforcement and see how long you survive. I bet if someone broke into your home or if you crashed your car, you would pick up the phone and call 911. Just because there is a few "bad cops" doesn't mean they are all bad. Let one of your love ones get killed because of them speeding and I bet you would sing a different tune!
  • by taxpayer Location: TX on Jan 25, 2008 at 06:02 AM
    These police are not harrassing "honest" hard-working people... if you're speeding, then you're BREAKING THE LAW and there's nothing honest about that! Do you want to know how to avoid tickets? Drive the speed limit! Honestly, though, I don't know how they catch so many speeders... there are so many slow drivers around here that constantly go 10-15 mph UNDER the speed limit (and most of them seem to be from Oklahoma... Slow Driver Capitol of the World).
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:37 PM
    SLOW DOWN!! If people would obey the law the "useless law enforcement" might be able to actually get more done than write tickets all the time! It's not only speeding but how about running stop signs?? I have a perfect view of the 4 way stop sign at the corner of Main and Tone in Denison and that sign gets run all the time! By everyone! I have seen cars, semis, fire trucks, ambulances and even Police cars run that intersection. I would venture to say that probably 90% of the traffic going through that intersection will not stop if the other 3 ways are empty! This intersection would be a great place to wright tickets at. but you would have to make sure the cop car remains hidden so people will drive normally around there!
  • by local police officer on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:57 PM
    I am thankfull to my brothers in law enforcement who see things the way I do. we are not just ticket machines, but I agree with Sheriff Gary, It is gettting the point across. those that have a problem with it, simpley slow down!!!!!
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