JPD Capt. Dennis Corbell said the recent increase in traffic patrols was conducted between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3. Besides its regular traffic patrol officers, JPD had three officers who worked 118 hours overtime on nothing but traffic.
According to Corbell, the officers assisted 10 motorists and issued a total of 297 tickets. Only three of the tickets were for driving under the influence, 21 were for seatbelt violations, and the rest were for speeding and other traffic violations.
Corbell said JPD will use the data collected during this recent increase in traffic enforcement patrol to apply for a grant in October from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
“These grants help us offset the cost of salaries for the officers who work overtime during our increased traffic patrols,” Corbell said. “We conduct the increased traffic patrols to improve traffic safety within our department’s police jurisdiction, and the number of violations that are reported provide the department with some vital information.”
Corbell said even though these increases in traffic patrol aren’t popular with some residents, it is still the Jasper Police Department’s job to keep the roads safe.
“When we do these increased patrols, we do our best to target areas where we’ve received a number of complaints about either the speeding and/or DUIs,” Corbell said. “But we also cover other traffic violations as well.”
Corbell said there were no official statistics, but he believes a majority of the motor vehicle accidents police officers work these days could be attributed to a driver who was following too close.
“People don’t realize how dangerous that can be, especially when its raining,” Corbell said. “All we’re asking is that folks slow down and leave plenty of room between their vehicle and the one in front of them.”