New Troopers Headed Here

June 17, 2007

Wise County Messenger


State Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, said that one new sergeant and two new commercial vehicle enforcement officers from the Department of Public Safety will be stationed in Wise County this year.

The added troopers are an effort to reduce the number of truck-related fatalities in the county.

“This is great news,” said King. “We’ve (had) so many trucks on the road in Wise County. There’s just no margin for error. We have to reduce these accidents. Wise County has the fourth highest rate of truck related fatalities in the state.”

King met with DPS Director Col. Tommy Davis during the legislative session to discuss the problem. Davis committed to “deploy additional resources,” and King worked with the House Appropriations Committee to obtain funding for the new positions.

The new officers will operate the new weigh station on Texas 114 outside of Bridgeport and conduct safety inspections throughout the country, King said.

Construction of the new weigh station will begin next month.

The new troopers will be stationed at the Decatur DPS office, which now has 20 trooper positions and two sergeant positions.