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'Click it or ticket' campaign begins

May 19, 2014

The national “Click It or Ticket” campaign begins on May 19, and the West Point Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department are advising citizens to buckle up and drive safely.
The campaign, which will run through June 1, is a coordinated seat belt enforcement effort to reduce the number of lives lost in vehicle crashes on roads and highways, according to the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said WPPD will have a number of safety checkpoints, otherwise known as roadblocks, in strategic areas around the city.
“Usually we put the checkpoints on the highway or on the outskirts of town on roads that egress the city,” Brinkley said. “Sometimes officers identify problem areas in the city, or we receive complaints about a certain area, and we’ll set up check points in those areas.”
He said these particular checkpoints will be targeting seat belts, but will also look for contraband inside vehicles, impaired driving, improper equipment, status of driver’s license and proof of insurance.
“During this campaign we’re asking all our motorists to make sure they have valid driver’s license, insurance, are wearing their seatbelt and are sober, because we will be issuing citations,” Brinkley said.
WPPD will operate on the concept of roving roadblocks, and set up in a certain place for a few hours and then move to a different area, according to Brinkley. He said WPPD has procedures in place to spot offenders even before they reach the safety checkpoint.
“Sometimes if a motorist rolls up on a road block and they know they’re involved in a violation, they’ll try and turn around,” he said. “Usually we have a spotter car, which is sometimes unmarked, and that kind of behavior throws up a red flag.”

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