‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Just don’t let that holiday party cost you.

Here’s something you may not know: someone has died on a Texas road every day for the last 20 years. That’s according to TxDOT. That statistic alone is alarming. Let’s put an end to that this holiday season.

According to a report from FOX 7, the Killeen police Department is increasing its traffic enforcement through the rest of the year to promote traffic safety. KPD will be using the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant.

KPD says the increased traffic enforcement has been made possible through the grant, and that they'll be focusing on areas in the city that have statistically seen serious injuries and fatalities due to crashes. Those include I-14 from Highway 195 to East Rosewood, as well as Highway 95 from FM 3470 to Chaparral Road.

Just because those areas are a prime focus doesn't mean police won't be watching for impaired drivers and people not sharing the road safety and responsibly in other areas.

The STEP program began today (Friday, December 18) and will run through New Year's Day.

If you've driven along I-14 over the past couple of days, chances are you've seen at least one person stopped along the side of the road with red and blue lights behind them. Our staff certainly have.

2020's been grueling enough, so we don't need the added pain of losing anyone or seeing anyone seriously hurt over the holiday season. Be safe out there, and if you're going to be drinking, make sure you have a plan to get home safely, like a ride or a designated driver.

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