County Sheriff’s office to target traffic problems
Atascosa County Sheriff Tommy Williams has announced that the sheriffs office has formed an Aggressive/ Reckless Driving Unit that will be out on patrol in high traffic areas several times a week to target aggressive drivers on busy roadways.
Chief Deputy Sheriff David Soward explained that the unit will be staffed by deputies on their days-off who will work anywhere from 4 to 8 hour shifts. "Our limited number of deputies on any given shift stay busy answering calls and there is rarely sufficient time to address the traffic problems we are experiencing here in the county right now", Soward explained. Chief Soward stated that the department gets several complaints a day regarding fast and aggressive driving. Most of the complaints are in areas of high oil field traffic the Chief explained. Soward noted that traffic accidents have tripled in recent months and the number of fatality accidents have risen sharply. "There are simply a lot more vehicles on our roadways right now. We are aware that the police departments and DPS have been out in force tackling the problem but the sheriff's office is committed to pay overtime to deputies to help make the roads and highways safer for our citizens", Soward added.
The Chief stated he is greatly concerned over aggressive driving complaints and the safety of drivers on the roads and hopes to help alleviate the problem. The sheriff's office would like motorists to report aggressive driving to the sheriff's office dispatch at 830-769-3434.