The TCSO recently received a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, to put additional officers on the roadways during the holidays, in an effort to lessen Driving While Intoxicated crashes in the county.
These officers will be assigned specifically to traffic enforcement, where they will be watching for the signs of impaired driving by those under the influence of intoxicants.
"If your preference is for drinking or creating a drug-induced impairment, and then getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, you will be the target of our efforts," said TCSO Lt. John Cummins. "The increasing of our enforcement measures in Taylor County means an emphasis on 'zero tolerance' for DWI offenses."
The $12,000 grant required a 20 percent match by the county, which will come in the form of additional overtime hours and supplies for the project. Officers will be working overtime on New Year's, Spring Break, Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day, with most of their extra duty hours being paid for by the grant.