Sheriff adds radar to units
by Tim Delaney Progress Editor
Oct 03, 2012 | 2181 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GEORGE WEST — Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office units have now been equipped with radar to help address the increase in accidents, said Sheriff Larry Busy on Thursday, Sept. 13.

The top-of-the-line radar units cost $19,188 and were paid for with drug money, Busby said.

The nine radar units were purchased from MPH Industries.

Busby said a recent Department of Public Safety report showed that Bee County in 2011 had 175 accidents, and this year through August had 153 accidents.

Live Oak County had 241 accidents in 2011 and 248 accidents through August this year.

And McMullen County had 86 accidents in 2011 and 96 accidents through August of 2012.

Also in the DPS report, Busby said Live Oak County had 11 fatal accidents in 2011.

He said so far in 2012, Live Oak County has had six fatal accidents with seven fatalities (one vehicle had two people in it).

McMullen County had six fatal accidents and eight fatalities this year, so far.

“You can see how bad it has gotten because of all the increased traffic, mainly on state Highway 16 and state Highway 72,” he said.

“And Live Oak County and McMullen County is where the problem is,” he said.

Busby said he’s been sheriff for 32 years and has never had radar in the county units.

“We had more than enough to do than try to work radar, but due to the increased traffic, it’s needed,” he said.

Busby also cited the condition of the roads as part of the problem.

“Be very, very careful on Highway 72. The road is damaged,” he said.

He added that the roads were not made for such congested traffic and weight from all the tractor-trailer rigs.

He also said that there is such a high demand for truck drivers, that many of them are hitting the roads with little experience.

At any rate, he expects extra law enforcement with radar capability will help manage traffic better.

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