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Tyler police taking guess work out of traffic stops

Tyler Police using social media to post traffic stop locations. (Source: KLTV Staff) Tyler Police using social media to post traffic stop locations. (Source: KLTV Staff)
A post from Tyler Police Department. (Source: KLTV Staff) A post from Tyler Police Department. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas police force is taking the guess work out of where you’ll see traffic officers, before you start your morning commute.

It’s been two months since the Tyler Police Department began posting some of their traffic stop locations on their Facebook page, and they’re calling the endeavor a success.

It’s information they usually keep under the radar, but Wednesday morning another post popped up on Susie Hill’s Facebook feed about exactly where traffic officers will be and when.

“Why do you want to tell people where you’re setting up so that they avoid that? I mean I want them to be caught because there’s a lot of red light runners here,” Hill, a Tyler resident, said.

We wondered the same thing. Why post two spots with heavy traffic flow at the busiest times? Tyler Police said the idea behind the posts is safety, not tickets.

“We want to let them know that hey, this is where we’re going to be, and we want you to slow down and pay attention to the speeds, as just another way of traffic enforcement,” Officer Don Martin, with the Tyler Police Department, said.

Tyler Police posted Wednesday morning that they would be out on the 2000 block of Beckham Avenue from 7-8:00 p.m. It’s near a neighborhood and is a street with plenty of traffic. Of course, if drivers choose to avoid that area, there are still traffic and patrol officers in other locations at all times.

So, is it working? Each post, Officer Martin said, reaches an average of 900 people.

“It just comes across my feed and I take a mental note of it. Now if I’m out and about it’ll stay in the back of my mind, of course, like they probably want you to remember that that’s where you are,” Hill explained.

The Facebook page reaches about 2,500 people. That’s roughly 2.5% of the Tyler population, so not every driver is seeing those posts. With 1,390 speed related accidents in Tyler in 2013, and 750 already this year, Tyler Police said the idea is to slow traffic as a whole as the reach grows.

“I think it has worked and the reason I can say that is that every single person that has liked our page and looked at that and they know that, well, that’s the route that I come to work and I’m going to pay attention to my speed and make sure I’m slowing down,” Officer Martin explained.

Several other agencies in the area have turned to social media to post the same information. For all departments it is still a new approach, so hard evidence of whether the concept is working or not is still too soon to tell.

Tyler Police said when school starts, the locations and times will change based on school schedules, though officers will be present as always.

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