“As you all know we live in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale,” said County Judge Barbara Shaw in a news release sent last week. “The Eagle Ford Shale has promoted prosperity in our county and we are thankful. Along with this prosperity, traffic has increased dramatically. Incidentally, so have the number of motor hehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities. We have increased our sheriff’s department budget and have asked the deputy director of the Department of Public Safety for assistance to help make Karnes County a safer place. Now we are coming to you for help to slow down oilfield traffic, help realize new dangers on our roads and work together to take our county back.”
To report concerns related to fast or reckless driving of trucks, rigs, or oversized loads, or to get involved in “Keeping Karnes Safe” county officials ask that people contact Sheriff Jalufka at 780-3931 or Judge Shaw at 780-3732.
Officials are asking people to gather as much information as possible and include the date of incident, time of incident, location of incident, name of the company whose vehicle was involved. They are also asking people to report the license plate number and/or unit number of the truck, rig or oversized load involved.
County officials plan to send a certified letter to the company involved upon receipt of a complaint as a way to voice and document the safety concerns. A copy of the certified letter will be provided to the complainant, as well. The name of the complainant will not be disclosed to the oilfield company, however, for accountability reasons, county officials say they can not accept anonymous complaints.