Spring Break Strategic Training Encouraging Partnership (STEP) results
There were 277 stops over March 15-25 that resulted in 96 citations and 105 warnings.
The Pflugerville Police Department conducted a heightened traffic enforcement initiative from March 15-25 during Spring Break.
“As part of the initiative, our patrol shifts were encouraged to increase enforcement efforts and watch for impaired drivers and unsafe driving practices,” Lieutenant Makeba Lewis said. "Like several departments statewide, we partnered with the Texas Department of Public Transportation’s (TXDOT) Strategic Training Encouraging Partnerships (STEP) initiative and issued warnings and citations when necessary to raise awareness and encourage safe driving.”
This is the first year the Police Department has participated in the Spring Break STEP initiative. As a result, there were 277 stops over March 15-25 that resulted in 96 citations and 105 warnings. There were 47 STEP grant stops with 2 citations for car safety seat violations, 42 for speed, 4 for intersection traffic control violations, 5 hazardous moving violations, 75 other violations and 12 arrests.
The Pflugerville Police Department traffic enforcement initiative’s goal was to reduce unsafe driving habits including distracted driving, texting and driving, and drunk driving through a series of public events, reminders, Facebook LIVE and interactions with the community.
On Thursday, March 14, the Department kicked off the traffic campaign with a Facebook Live interview with Lieutenant Lewis offering traffic tips and reminders for everyone on how to stay safe over Spring Break. The Department posted regular social media posts to remind the public of traffic enforcement and the law. The traffic division focuses on holiday weeks and weekends to remind drivers and the community to play it safe. The next STEP enforcement initiative is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the TXDOT Click it or Ticket campaign to heighten awareness of the importance of wearing a seat belt.