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Kilgore Police tweeting to stop speeding

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 5:47pm

The Kilgore Police Department launched a new Twitter account, and they've already got a few new "followers." That's because officers are now tweeting to make people stop speeding. "It's a real quick and timely method to get information out there that's needed," said Roman Roberson, Assistant Chief of Kilgore PD.

They're the first agency in East Texas to send out tweets about severe weather, road closures, and speed enforcement. Roberson said, "our goal is not to write a bunch of citations, or catch people speeding, that's not what we do. We simply want to slow people down, and keep people safe." He also said he's already seen a positive response from the community. "Ultimately it conquers our mission of slowing people down, reminding people, and that's what most people need is a reminder," said Roberson.

When we told two East Texans about it they said, "I'm on twitter today following the police department, yes! Already there!" Myra Copeland added, "I think it's a great idea, it will only help with safety and remind me to slow down and go to speed limit." She said she is happy to know there's a little birdie out there, helping lead the way, and she likes "that the police are communicating with the public more, and reminding us to go the speed limit, and to be safe, and I don't have any problem with it at all."

However, some think the new change is pointless. "Its basically promoting people to stay away from those areas, and perform crime elsewhere," said another East Texan.

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