Waco police traffic officers stepped up enforcement efforts Wednesday, thanks to a state grant for speed and seat belt violations.

A state grant called the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program provided 10 officers resources to conduct targeted traffic enforcement. Officers focused efforts along South Valley Mills Drive and in the 2800 block of Bosque Boulevard and used social media to promote awareness of the effort.

Officers issued 57 speeding citations, 27 adult seat belt citations, 27 equipment-violation citations, five no liability insurance citations, five no operator license violations, one unsecured child citation and one driving with an invalid license citation, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a press release.

Officers also made three arrests, including one for a parole violation, one for possession of marijuana and one for driving with an invalid license, Swanton said.

Officers stopped 96 vehicles between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., he said. The effort received mostly supportive comments through social media, and more enhanced enforcement efforts are likely, Swanton said.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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