Click It or Ticket rang true during the last saturated patrol in McMinnville city limits last weekend.
Out of 29 vehicles stopped on Friday, May 24, 17 seatbelt citations were written and three warnings were given.
“It appears people are not adhering to the law that requires them to wear their seatbelt,” said McMinnville Police Department Lt. Mark Mara. “We are taking that very seriously.”
On the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, McMinnville officers joined others from the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol to actively seek individuals exhibiting risky behavior that could signal an intoxicated driver.
Mara says the department had four officers involved in a coordinated saturated patrol.
“For us, that’s almost like having two shifts on the street at the same time,” Mara said. “The difference between the two is that those assigned to a saturated patrol are only looking for risky driving. We don’t respond to calls.”
Along with 17 citations for no seatbelt, the officers gave out two citations and one warning for excessive speed and two citations for no insurance.
While the officers on the saturated patrol made no arrests for driving under the influence (DUI), the other shift did.
“We didn’t find any DUIs, but the other shift did,” said Mara. “We had two DUI arrests, but no DUI-related accidents that night. It’s a coordinated effort to prevent accidents by removing intoxicated drivers.”
McMinnville Police Department receives a grant “Be a Survivor: Get a Designated Driver” from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to pay the expense of having more officers on the street at one time.