There may be more traffic enforcement officers on the streets and highways this holiday season.

Rosenberg Police Department wants to join forces with the Texas Department of Public Safety and TxDOT to decrease automobile accidents, fatalities and injuries. The increased presence is made possible by Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grants, also known as STEP.

At Tuesday’s Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members will consider authorizing the federally funded law enforcement grant program.

This item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning it will not be discussed in open session.

According to city staff, the project is aimed at increasing enforcement of driving while intoxicated laws to reduce the number of DWI related crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

If approved, the department would receive overtime compensation reimbursement for officers working during selected holiday periods. The city of Rosenberg is eligible for up to $11,999 of reimbursement.

The project would last for a one-year period beginning Dec. 10, through Sept. 30, 2021.

Convicted first-time DWI offenders face penalties that include fines up to $2,000, six months in jail and loss of driver’s licenses for up to a year.

The teleconference Zoom meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email. Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov. Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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