UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:04am
Temple, TX — The Temple Police Department is announcing an increase in traffic enforcement measures on 31st Street, with a special focus from Avenue R south to Farm to Market Road 93. The measures will take effect immediately.
The Department’s data indicates 15 fatal crashes in Temple from January, 2012 to present. Of these, 33 % have been on South 31st Street, with all 2013 fatality crashes investigated by the department occurring on South 31st Street.
The five fatal crashes on South 31st Street are summarized below:
1. On February 20, 2012, in the 4600 block of South 31st Street, a pedestrian was crossing the roadway in an unlit area, failed to yield right of way to a vehicle, and was struck.
2. On August 27, 2012, in the 2700 block of South 31st Street, a pedestrian was crossing the roadway, not at an intersection, and was struck by a vehicle
3. On October 10, 2012, in the 3000 block of South 31st Street, at S.W. HK Dodgen Loop, a vehicle failed to stop for red light and was struck by cross traffic
4. On January 31, 2013, in the 4800 block of South 31st Street, a pedestrian was crossing the roadway in an unlit area, failed to yield right of way to a vehicle, and was struck.
5. On March 18, 2013, in the 5300 block of South 31st Street, at Sleepy Hollow Road, a vehicle made a left turn into the path of on-coming truck and was struck.
The goal of the initiative is to curb this unfortunate trend. The Temple Police Department has historically seen a direct relationship between highly visible, consistent traffic law enforcement in a focused area and a reduction in the rate of crashes in that area, including fatal crashes.
In 2012, Temple Police investigated 270 crashes on South 31st Street. This number represents an increase of 26% from 2011. The Department’s increased traffic enforcement measures on South 31st Street will be in direct response to this data.
The Temple PD Traffic Unit, and on-duty patrol officers, will maintain an increased presence on South 31st Street for the foreseeable future. Officers will address aggressive driving practices such as, but not limited to: turning/changing lanes without signaling; speeding; following too closely; and, Failure to Yield from cross streets and private drives. These moving violations, along with violations by pedestrians, will meet with much stricter enforcement on this roadway.