By means of the Trusted Driver program, registered drivers in Windcrest can keep away from being pulled over by police for minor site visitors infractions.
WINDCREST, Texas — It is a idea by no means carried out earlier than, and it is about to occur in Bexar County: Getting a site visitors ticket despatched to your telephone with out an officer pulling you over. One police division would be the first within the nation to check it.
“It isn’t a 100% answer, but it surely’s a step ahead in the best course,” mentioned Val Garcia, President & CEO of the Trusted Driver Program.
Garcia is one among 5 former SAPD officers who’re a part of a 12-member staff that created and developed Trusted Driver.
“We’re proud to nonetheless give again with what we have gained with our expertise as a regulation enforcement officer,” mentioned Garcia.
All members of the staff with a background in regulation enforcement come from totally different sectors.
“The patrol degree, now we have a person who frolicked in investigations, now we have a person who frolicked on the ways and people sorts of items that contain how officers deal with sure conditions,” Garcia defined. “Most significantly, now we have a person who spent his profession as a SAFFE officer on the east facet of city.”
Trusted Driver is just not an app.
It is a web-based program the place drivers can keep away from seeing a police officer face-to-face, and as a substitute get a ticket through textual content message.
“If we reduce these interactions only for minor site visitors violations, they’ve extra time to dedicate to severe crime like DWI’s which are on the highway, reckless drivers, racing,” mentioned Garcia.
To get began, it’s essential to register for this system at mytrusteddriver.com. Enter your data on Trusted Driver’s web site to create a profile. Embrace any disabilities or medical circumstances police have to know. All data supplied is safe and encrypted. No data is shared with third events.
“For those who’re deaf, when you have PTSD, autism, a medical situation like diabetes or a bodily incapacity however you are still allowed to drive,” mentioned Garcia. “It actually provides an officer data quicker within the subject to deal with a site visitors cease if it does happen and have the ability to deescalate.”
After you register as a Trusted Driver, any time you commit a minor site visitors violation, police will not activate their lights and pull you over.
As an alternative, an officer runs your license plate, verifies that you are the driver, calls up your Trusted Driver data and sends a textual content with a warning or quotation to your telephone.
“The mobile phone must be hands-free and mounted in your automobile and by transportation code, you are allowed to reply to a notification – similar to an AMBER alert,” mentioned Garcia.
For residents who want to contest their ticket, all courtroom proceedings will be dealt with nearly as properly by way of this system. Trusted Driver is free and residents can choose out at any time.
This system will launch with Windcrest Police and can solely be out there to drivers who stay there, for now.
“We’re very proud…We hope that now we have a whole lot of participation,” mentioned Captain Jimmie Cole of the Windcrest Police Division. “I do imagine it is in all probability one thing that is going to unfold in all probability totally throughout the nation.”
It is a historic collaboration with the purpose of bettering security on the roads for residents and police, whereas limiting these anxiety-ridden interactions of getting pulled over.
“Visitors violations usually are not a type of interactions that almost all residents need to have with their police. This removes that from the equation,” mentioned Cole. “It additionally provides our officers a chance to work together with members of Trusted Driver the place they do not challenge a quotation. ‘You’ve got acquired a tail mild out, everytime you need to deal with that.'”
By means of Trusted Driver, police are additionally capable of ship constructive messages to drivers who’re doing a stellar job obeying site visitors legal guidelines.
This system launches Saturday in Windcrest, and there are hopes to ultimately increase to different cities.
To be taught extra about Trusted Driver, and in the event you’re involved in registering, Windcrest Police and builders of this system will probably be on the Civic Middle in Takas Park Saturday, January 15 at 11:30 a.m. Meals and door prizes will probably be supplied.