JPD Captain Dennis Corbell said the traffic safety grant from ADECA helps fund the salaries for the extra officers on patrol.
“We have one full-time traffic patrol car and two part-time, and now we will have some overtime shifts working nothing but traffic, so between now and September 15 we’re going be out there a lot,” Corbell said. “These officers will be working in shifts from 6 o’clock in the morning until 10 p.m. at night, probably a little later on the weekends, and they will be focusing on DUIs, speeding and traffic violations such as seatbelts and following too close.”
Corbell said the reason the Jasper Police Department conducts the increased traffic patrols is to improve traffic safety in the community it serves, and the number of violations reported during the increased patrols also provides helpful information to the department.
For example, during a 10-hour increase in traffic patrols in 2011, the Jasper Police Department had six extra officers and one extra dispatcher on duty.
The officers wrote a total of 212 tickets, 118 of which were warnings, and assisted three motorists who were lost.
Corbell said the majority of the tickets written during that particular period were for excessive speeding, equipment violations or failure to show current proof of insurance.
“We didn’t have any DUIs or any arrests, and I hope this weekend will be just the same,” Corbell said. “Even though some folks don’t particular like it when we do this, our job is to keep the roads safe.”