By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.
Police Chief Gualberto Gonzalez is ready for Spring Break and his department is thankful for some additional funds in order to help out. Recently TxDOT set forth approximately $51,460 which will be used to assist with manpower, supplies and maintenance in the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).
“This helps us in a lot of ways,” said Gonzalez, “we have a lot of concern for the people of Port Isabel and for those visiting and we can be on top of the traffic situation with the added manpower.”
Officers will be on regular and overtime status looking for drivers that are drinking alcohol and are intoxicated while operating motor vehicles. They will also be looking to enforce traffic laws such as running red lights, seat-belt laws and speeding.
The enforcement will be from March 12 through March 20, which lasts throughout the Texas Week of Spring Break.
This is the first year that Port Isabel is taking part in this program.
“This has been a lot of paperwork and we have spent a lot of time getting these monies,” said Gonzalez, “but any time that we can find ways to help save the city money and at the same time better serve, we are going to at least look at it.”
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