The rumble of motorcycles that is part of the annual Tri-County Toy Run will begin in Temple on Dec. 3, and proceed along Interstate 14 and U.S. Highway 190 to Lampasas.
The question remains whether the procession will encounter any problems while passing through Killeen.
During the 2016 Toy Run, Killeen police were not available to block off access ramps to the highway, due to city cuts in the overtime budget, according to Killeen Daily Herald reports.
The same potential problem exists this year, according to Killeen police Cmdr. Erich Morsbach.
He said earlier this week that KPD is still operating with a lower overtime budget than in previous years, which prevents placing a surge of patrol officers on the streets at one time for traffic control.
He referred other questions to KPD Capt. Reese Davis, who leads KPD’s patrol division. Calls to Davis were not immediately returned.
During the 2016 Toy Run, Donna Huddleson watched with her grandchildren from the Pershing Park pedestrian bridge as cars cut between the motorcycles as they passed through Killeen, nearly causing a number of accidents. She wrote a letter to the editor about the incident at the time.
Nieomi King, a volunteer with the 2017 Tri-County Toy Run, said the event organizers have the full cooperation of all the law enforcement agencies along the route. She said volunteer firefighters will also be helping to ensure the route is safe.
The Toy Run will take the route through Killeen, led by Santa Claus, aka Bruce Raymond.
Raymond has led the annual toy run for 17 of its 25 years.
The Toy Run benefits children from 23 local charities. Boxes of toys will be delivered to them at the Holiday House, 908 E. Fourth St. in Lampasas at the end of the procession’s route.
Motorcyclists are welcome to participate in the Toy Run. The entrance fee is either a monetary donation or a…