Traffic Tip: Obey warning signs, barricades

This week's traffic tip is in regards to the Texas Transportation Code 472.022: Obeying Warning Signs and Barricades.

Sec. 472.022. Obeying warning signs and barricades. (a) A person commits an offense if the person:

(1) disobeys the instructions, signals, warnings or markings of a warning sign or

(2) drives around a barricade.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

I see many people drive right up to barricades at secured scenes - whether it is a crash scene or a crime scene - and ask if they can go around the barricades.

Or worse - they don't ask, they just simply drive around the barricade as if it weren't put there for a reason. If there is a barricade at a location, it is there for either the police department's safety or the citizen's safety. Typically, there are several routes a person could take to reach their destination. When you see a barricade, don't barge right up to them and get frustrated for being instructed to turn around; use an alternate route.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

For more information, contact the Victoria Police Traffic Unit 361- 485-3700.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, at 361-485-3700.