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Law enforcement to crack down on speeding

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

There were 51 fatal crashes on Lubbock roads last year, and police said speed played a factor in most of them.

Last week, the Lubbock Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Lubbock Sheriff's Office developed a plan to cut down on it. The meeting was scheduled before the deaths of two first responders a few weeks ago.

Sgt. Johnny Bures, with DPS, said after Thanksgiving, crashes spiked in Lubbock County.

"51 total crashes just in the Lubbock County area, and that's on the rise from what we generally see in just Lubbock County. I know the state average was down just a little bit, but for some reason in Lubbock County, it was up," Bures said.

Carson Glenewinkel, with LPD, said most of these crashes are avoidable.

"We actually discovered that in 2017, 2018, and 2019 the top three contributing factors to crashes are actually speeding, disregarding a light or a sign, and failure to yield the right of way when turning left," Glenewinkel said.

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 29, there will be more patrols from each department in these high traffic, high crash areas. Bures also said many people still do not understand the Move Over/Slow Down law, which requires motorists to yield to emergency and utility vehicles that are stopped with their warning lights flashing.

"If we have a law enforcement, ambulance, firefighters and now TxDot and tow truck workers that are working on the side of the road and have their emergency lights on, we ask folks to move over if they can, move over if that's possible to the next lane...if it's two way traffic, then slow down, slow down 20 miles an hour slower than the posted speed limit," Bures said.

Through this joint effort, they hope residents will drive more safely and defensively.

"We're all neighbors here, this is our hometown too," Bures said. "We're doing this because we care, we don't want to have any other tragedies."

The goal is not to see how many citations they can get, Bures said, but to simply make the streets safer and reduce the number of fatal crashes in 2020.

"It's tragic in any situation whenever we lose someone to a traffic accident," Glenewinkel said. "So, we are encouraging people slow down and pay attention, that is our main goal."

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