BPD to step up holiday patrols

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Traveling throughout Brewton during the next two weeks could be a problem for motorists — unless you obey the law.
Lt. Bryan Davis said a two-week plan to monitor drivers through Brewton will part of the “Click It or Ticket” initiative for the area.
“We will begin intensive patrols inside the Brewton city limits beginning Dec. 20,” Davis said. “We will have an enforced patrol with zero tolerance for drivers violating the law.”
Davis said special attention on driver activity will be the main focus of the campaign for Brewton.
“We will be especially watching for speeders, seatbelt violators, those not using child restraints properly and those driving under the influence,” Davis said. “We will also be checking for insurance violations as well as those driving without a license or with a suspended license.”
Davis said the main reason for the campaign is to help ensure the safety of motorists and passengers driving on city streets during the holiday season.
“We typically see an increase in violators of several traffic laws during this time of year,” Davis said. “The whole point of this increased patrol is to keep everyone safe during the holidays.”
Davis said officers will be extending their patrol time — an expense partially covered by funds from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
Funds typically provided through “Click It or Ticket” grants help cover the overtime pay for officers performing extra duty during the safety-related campaign.
Motorists in the Brewton area could also expect to see safety checkpoints where officers will check a variety of issues including proof of insurance, proper drivers licenses, proper child restraint, proper seatbelt usage and other motorist-related issues.