Selma police begin another traffic blitz
By Katie Nichols (Contact) | Selma Times-Journal
Published Monday, September 14, 2009
SELMA — Ten days after one traffic blitz ended another begins.
The Selma Police Department received a grant from Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for $1,800 to increase patrols for traffic violations.
“Ten details lasting four hours each will occur from Sept. 15-22,” said police Sgt. Doug Stewart. “This blitz will focus on people driving under the influence and speeding infractions. Periodically [the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs] will give the department grants so we can target particular traffic offenses.”
The traffic blitz that concluded Sept. 5 and began Aug. 21 produced 105 tickets.
Officers passed out 57 tickets for people not wearing seat belts — the category earning the most.
Officers also issued citations for 18 people driving with suspended or revoked license and 15 for people speeding.
Two citations went for child restraints; six for driver’s license violations — expired or not meeting a classification for driving, such as wearing corrective lenses; 15 for no proof of insurance; and 10 for other traffic infractions — running stop signs or signals and improper lane change, for example.
Officers also handed out 53 warnings.
Police want drivers aware of the common citations issued so they can correct the behavior before they get a ticket.
“If you’re stopped for no seat belt, then you are going to get a ticket,” Stewart said. “Wearing a seat belt is the law.”