Grayson Co. hires new deputy to slow down speeding drivers

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- There have been more than twenty car accidents on Grayson County roads in six months. At least two of those accidents were fatal. Now county leaders are stepping in, hoping to help save lives on those roads.

Commissioners say they get several calls a day from concerned residents, reporting drivers speeding at more than eighty miles an hour on county roads and not enough law enforcement to catch them.

County commissioners voted 3-to-1 one to pay for an additional deputy. The new position will cost about $100,000, money which will come out of the county's general fund.

Now officials say there are not enough law enforcement officers to enforce the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit on county roads, so they're hiring the new deputy for increased presence in those areas.

Resident Mike Colucci says with all the recent accidents, it's much needed help.

“I think overall it can't hurt. I think with the increased presence, it will be on the minds of people, not just the young kids… people driving too fast on those roads.”

Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary says, “I’ve already heard some criticism. One officer is not man with 940 square miles, but what we'll try to do is hit hot spots, we'll move that officer around the county, and hopefully people will get the message and start driving more sanely on county roads .”

Sheriff Gary says the new deputy will be hired for a one-year trial period. If after that year county leaders feel the extra patrols have made a difference, the position will become permanent.

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  • by Sue Location: Tom Bean on Sep 6, 2007 at 01:14 PM
    I think its a good idea. I live in a rural area not far from the Tom Bean Middle School and High School and I know on my road alone kids drive like its a freeway trying to get to school on time. Even older adults who know better fly down these rural roads at any given time of day and esp in the evening when there are younger children riding their bikes. Its way too dangerous for that. I hope this added officer helps a great deal because if one life can be saved its worth it.
  • by Taxpayer Location: Grayson COunty on Sep 6, 2007 at 12:52 PM
    I thought it was the Texas Department of Pubilc Safety's responsibilities to enforce speed limits on unincroperated county roads. I do believe that they get tax money from Grayson County to do that. I do believe its a good idea to patrol these roads but I think we are all ready paying our State Troopers to do that!
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Sep 6, 2007 at 08:11 AM
    Hey Curious, what about salary, insurance, car, gas, upkeep on the car, uniforms, radios and all the other stuff that the cops have to have. Didn't you think that would be added in the cost.
  • by Curious Location: Grayson County on Sep 6, 2007 at 07:13 AM
    Curious about the $100,000 number !!! There must be a lot more included in that number because deputies sure don't earn that. No wonder the county is in a budget crisis
  • by R. Location: C. on Sep 6, 2007 at 05:42 AM
    I am very appreciative of the additional officer. Only this last week my two nieces and two nephews were involved in an accident which was severe enough to have had my youngest niece care-flown to Parkland. Increase my taxes or whatever it may take to make our roads safer. I support more severe sentences for drunk drivers, speeding drivers etc. I would also like to acknowledge the job our law enforcement officials do for minimal pay. Bless them, and protect them in their duties.
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