LANTANA (CBSDFW.COM) – Tucked away in Denton County, Lantana is known for its quaintness. “It’s a very family oriented community,” says Shane Allen “It’s a nice golfing community.”
Allen is a businessman and says he moved his family to Lantana 8 years ago. He’s seen a lot of growth, but one thing’s missing he says and that’s law enforcement. “Right now it’s lawless. It is if you look at it that way,” describes Allen.
Lantana is in an unincorporated part of the county. The Denton County Sheriff’s Department provides some enforcement, but with close to 900 miles in the county to patrol, they can mostly only make emergency calls.
If you are pulled over in Lantana for speeding or any other traffic violation, the ticket is as worthless in the eyes of the law because the roads aren’t owned by the county. “Currently Denton County does police patrols for crime prevention, but not traffic enforcement,” says County Commissioner Andy Eads.
If there are emergencies in Lantana, the sheriff’s office responds on a priority basis, but some homeowners think that the response times are usually slower.
Commissioner Eads pushed for a bill which would include traffic enforcement. It’s now waiting on the Governor’s signature. “It’s a life safety issue,” says Commissioner Eads.
While the governor is expected to sign the legislation, there’s still two more hurdles. 50 percent of residents would need to sign a petition, and they’d have to get commissioner’s approval.
For residents like Allen, they just want the same rights as homeowners in any other city. He says Lantana is growing and so are its needs. “I would just like to be rest assured that traffic laws are enforced,” says Allen.