Killeen police issued 122 citations during a 3 ½-hour traffic detail Thursday.
From 7 to 10:30 a.m., officers enforced the proper passing of emergency vehicles at stops on Elms Road, Farm-to-Market 3470 and FM 439, according to police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.
Police issued 97 improper passing citations, and 25 for other violations, Miramontez said in an email. The citation is punishable by a fine up to $200.
Resident Dale Hill said he was pulled over and not happy about it.
Hill in a phone call with the Herald called the operation "totally bogus," and said the Killeen police logo on the car he passed was barely visible.
“I didn’t see anyone in the cars, and I was driving 29 miles per hour when I passed,” he said. “There were half a dozen people pulled over at any given time; it was like shooting fish in a barrel.”
According to Texas Transportation Code, if a driver approaches an emergency vehicle, like a police car or a tow truck, he or she is supposed to vacate the lane closest to the vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the vehicle.
If not driving on the highway, the driver is required to slow to a speed not to exceed 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, died Nov. 4 during a traffic stop on southbound Interstate 35 in Temple.