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PAPD cracking down on law breaking drivers
PORT ARTHUR-By: Leslie Rangel
Many of us can admit to speeding, even if it's just five miles over the limit.
But if you live in Port Arthur, listen up, your warning is over.
Today marks the first day of the zero tolerance month meaning any traffic violation no matter how small will be ticketed.
"I'm officer Rickey Antoine with the Port Arthur police department, I'm a member of the traffic enforcement unit and today starts our zero tolerance July in the city of Port Arthur," Ofc. Rickey Antoine with Port Arthur Police says.
Port Arthur police are riding the streets looking for driver who are breaking the law.
"No warnings will be given in the month of July if your stopped and accused of violating and the biggest complaint we have is speeders," Ofc. Antoine said.
This officer takes off, ready to write a citation for someone he caught speeding.
Normally he says five miles over the limit would be overlooked.
"You know the speed limit on this road? I guess thirty. You know how fast you were going? 35. You had 36. Thirty six?" Ofc. Antoine and a driver say.
While the officer writes the ticket, the woman inside learns a hard lesson.
"Well not to be speeding and respect speed limit signs," Naysin Hernandez, a cited driver said.
A direct message officers are trying to send to drivers.
"Most of the time they say, 'oh I didn't know I was speeding, oh I have to go to the restroom...Oh it was just a few over, we're trying to get people to understand that speed limit sign is not a suggestions it is the law," Ofc. Antoine says.
To make sure drivers follow that law, Officer Antoine is going after the next violator.
According the the officer this man was also speeding.
"I can't say well you know I'm disappointed by anything because they are doing their job, so I can't complain," Joseph Thomas, another driver said.
So drivers beware, this is your warning, no matter what the excuse you will get pulled over.
"Whether we write one or 100, our salary is the same and the police departments gets no kickbacks for citations issued. This is about safety, this is all about safety, assuring that your family and loves ones can make it home to you safely," Ofc. Antoine says.
Zero tolerance month runs through the end of July, officers say no matter what your excuse you will get a ticket, not a warning.