Amarillo police increase holiday patrols - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Amarillo police increase holiday patrols

Posted: Updated:

Amarillo, TX - The holidays bring more drinking and driving incidents and the Amarillo Police Department is doing their best to make sure the roads are safe.

The city of Amarillo was approved for a traffic enforcement grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

This grant pays for officers to patrol and focus on impaired drivers and speeders.

We spoke with Sergeant Brent Barbee about how impaired driving can easily turn a holiday celebration into a tragic situation.

"At the very least, you're dealing with an arrest, loss of your drivers license, time in jail, impound fees, lawyer fees, many many other complications that come with the loss of your drivers license, and embarrassment. And then you look at the other end of the scale. And it is the loss of life. The waste of human life that comes from traffic accidents and its all eminently preventable"

Barbee says we have had about 30 people die in Amarillo so far this year in traffic accidents.

Of those thirty, thirteen were drug or alcohol related.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Man dead following west Lawton shooting

    UPDATE: Man dead following west Lawton shooting

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:23:35 GMT
    Lawton- Breaking news happening at this hour, Lawton police tell us they're investigating a shooting right now on the city's west side. Officers have been at 78th and Northwest Welco since around 2:30
    Breaking news happening at this hour... Lawton police now tell us they're investigating a deadly shooting right now on the city's west side.
  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:58 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:58:29 GMT
    What a nice end to the work week with sunshine, south winds and temperatures ranging through the 70s and even some low 80s out near the Texas panhandle.  For this evening expect temperatures to fall through
    Rain Chances Gradually Return this Easter Weekend.
  • UPDATE: Murder suspect transferred to Oklahoma County jail

    UPDATE: Murder suspect transferred to Oklahoma County jail

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:34:02 GMT
    LAWTON, Okla._ Quentin Goodwin was transferred to a jail in Oklahoma County from the Comanche County Detention Center Thursday.  Goodwin was arrested Wednesday in Lawton after being charged, along with
    Quentin Goodwin was transferred to a jail in Oklahoma County from the Comanche County Detention Center Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.