CAMP COUNTY, TX (KITK) – The Camp County Sheriff’s Office completed a slowdown operation Tuesday night.
In a Facebook post, the mayor’s office said they stopped 189 speeding drivers as they patrolled a section of Interstate 271 south of the city and part of FM 557. The sections of the road monitored by TxDOT have been identified based on the accident history, according to the CCSO .
Of the 189 stops, 102 citations were written and 87 warnings were issued. In addition, two people were arrested. Officials said many drivers were driving more than 90 mph before they were stopped.
“The 2017 Mercedes was stopped for speeding, the 89 was running in the 70 mph zone, and when the dispatcher turned on the VIN, it came back stolen from Dallas,” said Sheriff John Courtillo. “This driver has been arrested, and the passenger has a statement of possession of drug paraphernalia.”
Authorities arrested the second person when they discovered the driver had a warrant pending from Titus County.
“We believe the sheriff’s office’s participation in this program has made a difference,” said Courtillo. “We know local people have been aware of our increased presence, especially on Highway 271. One MP who worked a four-hour shift late in the program had trouble finding anyone along this road going more than a few miles above speed Limit. This is exactly the result we wanted. The goal was not to know how many tickets we could issue; the goal was to slow traffic in the hope of preventing an accident.”
According to the press release, the deputies have shown goodwill in several cases.
“We are always proud of the way our MPs serve this community, but it has been evident in the past two weeks when it has been documented for this TxDOT project,” said Sheriff Courtillo. Camp County Representatives assisted with four motorists, including assistance with a tire change. Vice also took some time to help out another agency.”
The sheriff urged residents to be especially aware of their speed because much of the traffic through the county is not local. Of the 189 stops, only 48 drivers had a Camp County address.
“Of course, a lot of them were from Mount Pleasant and Gilmer, but they parked vehicles from everywhere across the state. Many were out of state,” said Courtelio.
Last year in Texas, speed was a contributing factor in more than 163,000 road accidents, resulting in 1,532 deaths – 34% of all traffic deaths in the state. Speed is the number one factor in road accidents in Texas, and speed increases the risk of death and serious injury when a collision occurs.
Camp County Sheriff’s Office