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Street Squad -- Traffic enforcement heads up

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The Dallas Police Department is using social media to increase transparency, communication and trust with the public.  

The cost is free, and the information could drivers you hundreds of dollars in fines. 

The days of speed traps in Dallas aren’t exactly over, but the department is at least willing to give drivers a heads up about hot areas of traffic enforcement. 

"We want the citizens to be aware that we’re doing traffic enforcement, and it's for safety and it's not for revenue,” said Lt. Max Geron with the Dallas Police Department.

On one particular recent morning that Dallas police cracked down on speeders, it was so bad that police said within minutes, they can write dozens of tickets.

"We have people that are speeding going across the Cedar Crest Bridge, and as you noticed earlier, there is a construction area also,” said Lt. Herb Ashford with the Dallas Police Department.

Not everyone who got a ticket that morning wanted to talk about it with FOX 4, but one thing none of them knew was that Dallas police had already released the areas of traffic enforcement.

"We want people to maintain a safe speed, and the major causes of accidents are either speeding, driver inattention or basically the driver is impaired,” said Ashford.

Ashford heads up the traffic department and says the goal is simple -- it's all about public safety.

He's the man drivers will want to follow on Twitter -- Ashford posts locations virtually every day, giving drivers an idea of the some of the primary areas that they are cracking down on traffic enforcement.

Some drivers pulled over said they were going to change their social media and driving habits.

"I think it's a good idea they are notifying you on social media,” said one driver. “Since I don't participate as much, I didn't know."

"Do you think you will now?" FOX 4 asked.

"I think I will now for sure,” she said.

That’s not to say drivers won't get a ticket if they follow the Twitter feed. 

"Just because we tweet those locations, those are some of the directed ones, those where we've received complaints or multiple accidents, but keep in mind, the traffic enforcement officers are doing traffic enforcement throughout the city,” said Geron.

If you need help with your traffic problems, call James Rose at 214-468-7432.

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