Week three of the Grapevine Citizen Police Academy (CPA) covered several topics: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) and Accident Reconstruction, and also included an overview of the Motorcycle Unit. Students were treated to a demonstration of the actual Harley-Davidsons that are utilized by the Motorcycle Unit every day.
Officer Woland is the only person assigned to DWIs specifically, and he is busy from dawn to dawn, working to catch intoxicated persons at night and then attending court for their cases during the day. He says that his “busiest hours” are from 1 – 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. A field sobriety test was demonstrated with a student wearing “drunk goggles,” which simulate intoxication levels from .17 – .2.
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Unit’s job is to make sure that commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, are safe to be on the road. Many photos of offenses, such as duct-taped hoses and bald tires, were shown as examples.
The Accident Reconstruction Unit assists in determining what factors caused wrecks and which driver(s) were at fault using physics and special tools. They can often even determine whether a driver was wearing a seatbelt or not.
For more information on the Grapevine CPA, click HERE. The next class will be held in the Fall of 2018.