KELLER (CBS 11 NEWS) – The Keller Police Department started Tweeting and using Facebook to get out some unlikely information.
“We thought it would be great to give them [drivers] a heads up on where our traffic enforcement is going to be each day… so they could be more aware of it,” said Keller police Chief Mark Hafner.
That’s right! Keller PD is actually posting the daily location of its traffic officers on social media. So if you see the address on your Twitter you’ll find the traffic officers there with their radar gun.
Traffic Officer Stephen Grossman said he’s seen traffic problems on side streets. He said the problem has gotten especially bad with congestion in the city and more and more drivers try to dodge the backups by using residential streets.
As advertised on Monday, Grossman was using his radar gun on Johnson Lane, a street that runs past a park often crowded with children.
“It’s 35 miles an hour and it wouldn’t surprise me to catch someone doing 60 and 70,” Grossman said of the people breaking the speed limit.
According to the Keller Police Department, last year the city saw the number of traffic collisions jump 27-perent — that’s despite handing out 17-percent more traffic tickets. And amazingly, the average speeder was driving 15-miles an hour over the speed limit.
But by tipping off drivers the city will write fewer tickets and lose money right?
“Who cares?” asked Chief Hafner. “What’s going to happen is people are going to slow down, the roads will be safer and that’s what traffic enforcement is all about.”
People are responding. In it’s first day of use, Keller’s police department picked up 500 new followers.
“I think its good that they inform the public where they’re doing it,” said Keller resident David Cummings, who was watching his son play at the park off of Johnson Lane. “I can’t think of many downsides to that other than people know they’re going to be in certain areas they may speed in other areas.”
But, Keller’s police chief said they’re Tweeting the location of traffic officers, not their patrol officers who also make traffic stops. It’s best, he said, for people just to slow down no matter which part of the city they’re driving in.
Find out more at: @kellerpolice
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