On Friday, September 4, 2015 at 1100 hours, the Haltom City Police Department, in conjunction with the North Richland Hills Police Department, Haltom City Fire Department, Medstar, Watauga Police Department, and the Richland Hills Police Department, participated in an observance of supporting our fellow law enforcement officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.
This demonstration of support took place on the bridges of Interstate 820 between Haltom Rd. and Rufe Snow in Haltom City. The emergency vehicles participating in this event activated their emergency overhead lights for five minutes during this time. The citizens wishing to show their support for law enforcement are invited to stop by the Haltom City Police Department to receive a blue ribbon of support, which they can have tied to their vehicle.
The Haltom City Police Department holds Community Watch meetings the first Monday of each month at the Community Services Center, located at 5265 Placid Dr. in Haltom City. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about an hour. A variety of guest speakers are featured, follow the HCPD's Facebook page for details on each month's guest speaker.
You may also contact Officer Dusty Simmons (Community Services) at 817-222-7036 or via this contact form (under Division>Operations Support).
The Haltom City Police Department reminds all citizens not to leave their vehicles unattended while warming them up on cold mornings. Each year, there is an increase in auto thefts due to unattended vehicles being left running.
As of August, 2013, the state implemented the Move Over/Slow Down law, which traditionally has required drivers to yield to police, fire and emergency vehicles, has now been expanded to provide that same protection for Texas Department of Transportation workers. Effective Sept. 1, drivers must move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT workers and vehicles that are stopped with overhead flashing blue or amber lights.
“We are very pleased the Legislature recognizes the dangers our employees face each day while working to maintain and build the state’s vast highway network,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT’s executive director, noting that more than 100 TxDOT employees working in construction areas have been struck and killed by motorists since 1938. “We are hopeful that this new protection for our crews will lead to fewer preventable deaths and injuries.”
The new addition to the Move Over law requires motorists to move out of the lane closest to the TxDOT vehicle when possible or reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit. If the road does not offer multiple lanes, the driver must slow down. On roadways with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour or less, drivers must reduce their speed to 5 miles per hour. Violators can be fined up to $2,000.