The Sugar Land Police Department’s $110,853 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant is funding increased enforcement of traffic safety laws to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries.
The STEP grant from the Texas Department of Transportation funds overtime expenses from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014, an extra resource that does not affect SLPD’s normal operations.
The 2014 grant provides funding for an additional 1,808 hours of speed enforcement and education.
As part of the grant requirement, surveys performed in 2012 revealed that only 31.49 percent of the drivers on Sugar Land roads were driving at the posted speed limit.
The police department uses crash data, speed surveys and information supplied by residents to identify those areas where additional enforcement is needed.
The police department’s operational plan identifies the following six enforcement locations determined to have the greatest number of speed-related crashes. These areas have a high percentage of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit. They include:
• The 12100 to 13000 block of State Highway 6;
• U.S. Highway 90A through Sugar Land;
• The 3700 to 4900 block of State Highway 6;
• The U.S. Highway 59 main lanes and feeder roads through Sugar Land; and
• The 100 to 1200 block of State Highway 6.
The plan may be amended throughout the year to add locations as needed. Some tips to follow for safe driving follow:
• Many accidents are caused by drivers failing to control speed and following too closely. A good rule is to stay at least two seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you if experienced, and at least 4 seconds if you are a novice or beginner.
• Drivers are required to obey posted minimum and maximum speed limits. Driving below the posted speed limit may be just as dangerous as driving above the speed limit and has been shown to be one of the causes of road rage.
* If an emergency vehicle, law enforcement vehicle, fire truck, or tow truck is stopped on the road with its lights activated (lights on or flashing), drivers are required to reduce speed to 20 mph below the speed limit, or move out of the lane closest to the emergency vehicle if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction. Texas Transportation Code, Sec 545.156
* YOU MUST STOP FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES. On the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle using audible and visual signals, or a police vehicle lawfully using only an audible signal, an operator, unless otherwise direct by a police officer shall:
a.) Yield the right-of-way;
b.) Immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection; and
c.) STOP and remain standing until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.