Official tweets alert drivers to speed traps

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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WFAA

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 6:00 PM

ARLINGTON — Arlington's police department is now among a handful of agencies openly announcing "speed traps."

On Monday morning, as motorcycle Officer Jason Heisel monitored an Arlington intersection,  Lt. Christopher Cook sent out the following tweet:

Traffic enforcement occurring on N. Cooper Street between Division Street and IH 30. Please Drive Safe. :-)

"We want people to realize, 'Hey, we’re not scared to tell you that we're conducting enforcement out here,'" Cook said. "The goal again is compliance;  to make sure the motoring public is safe."

The department has only tried this a handful of times. Cook said it's something they're experimenting with.

"If somebody sees a tweet or a Facebook message that we are conducting enforcement in these areas... or that we're conducting higher enforcement levels during certain periods like spring break... then we’re fine with that if they’re compliant," Cook said.

Cook noted that statistics show a large percentage of crashes trace back to unsafe speeds. He said if a tweet can slow down drivers, he'll keep them coming.

Arlington joins the Keller Police Department, which officially announced it would also be tweeting what it calls a "traffic enforcement program."

E-mail srobertson@wfaa.com

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