Denton County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be working overtime this Labor Day weekend to increase traffic patrols around the county and crack down on speeders.
The increased patrols will concentrate on Hwy 377, State Highways 121 and 114, I-35, U.S. 380 as well as other Farm-to-Market roads through Sept. 5.
The overtime hours for the patrol deputies will be paid for by a state grant from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).
The program is a year-long effort to slow speeding drivers by concentrated enforcement of the speed limit laws to decrease crashes, injuries and fatalities during peak traffic seasons. The Sheriff’s Office received the grant to pay the overtime costs for deputies to patrol roads with the highest percentages of speeders.
“Traffic accidents always increase during a three-day weekend,” said Sheriff’s Office Patrol Captain Mike Caley. “Many families will be on the roads this Labor Day, so we want to prevent as many accidents as possible.”