Port Arthur police S.T.E.P. up traffic enforcement

Port Arthur police S.T.E.P. up traffic enforcement

The Port Arthur Police Department is "S.T.E.P"-ping up traffic enforcement and warning drivers to operate their vehicles safely and soberly in preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Beginning May 22, PAPD will begin enhanced enforcement of traffic violators in an effort to combat motor vehicle accidents, specifically fatality accidents. The department is utilizing the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, or S.T.E P, which is a grant program sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation. The S.T.E.P grant targets speed violations, impaired drivers and seatbelt violators, including those that do not properly restrain children in safety seats.

In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than 8 years of age must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If they are not properly restrained, the driver of the vehicle faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.

The S.T.E.P.-enforcement efforts continue until June 4. 

PAPD Public Information Officer Mike Hebert wishes the community safe travels on Memorial Day and through the summer.

"Memorial Day falls in the middle of this time period and marks the traditional start of summer," Hebert stated. "During this period many people take to the road to enjoy the long weekend with friends and family. This is a perfect time of the year to encourage drivers to be safe and buckle up."