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St. Patrick's Day Holiday Enforcement Results

Declaring Belton’s participation in the national St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk driving crackdown a major success. The Belton Police Department reported one drunk driving arrest, 16 other significant arrests and 82 citations were made during the enforcement period, which ran from March 14-17, 2015.

“I’m proud of our officers for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” said Chief James Person.

“Drunk driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals, “he said. “Each year, drunk driving costs the lives of thousands on America’s highways. In 2013,218 people were killed and 666 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.”

During the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day holiday in Missouri, 247 DWI arrests were made statewide. 

The Belton Police Department joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or www.saveMOlives.com.


Youth Seat Belt Enforcement

The Belton Police Department announced today that they are joining with statewide law enforcement March 15-31 for an aggressive youth seat belt mobilization to crack down on Missouri seat belt law violators and to reduce highway fatalities.

Only 67 percent of Missouri’s teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Under the graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law, teens are required to wear their seat belts as it’s a primary offense, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt.

“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up seat belt enforcement, “said Chief James Person. “We’ll be out there to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.”

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Buckle UP and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.


St. Patrick's Day Holiday Crackdown


Local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide St. Patrick’s Day Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high visibility enforcement throughout Belton, will run from March 14-17, 2015.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

Belton Police said its officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.

Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of.08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief James Person. “In 2013, 218 people were killed and 666 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in accidents that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.”

Chief Person added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in 2014, 247 DWI arrests were made statewide. “Research has shown that high visibility enforcement like the’ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Belton’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Chief Person. 

“we want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about where you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Chief Person said.

Chief Person noted that being arrested from drunk driving brings a wide range of negative consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over,’” said Chief Person.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or get Pulled Over “Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or www.saveMOlives.com.


Click it or Ticket Mobilization Results

Belton Police ticket zero motorists for not wearing seat belts during the February 20th Click It or Ticket mobilization. Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up – and save more lives.

During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of 24 traffic citations including zero seat belt tickets; 10 speeding tickets; zero driving while intoxicated tickets and 14 other traffic violations.


Despite the evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in four Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Six out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

 

"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash,” stated Chief James Person. “We will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive.”

For more information on Missouri’s seat belt use, visit
www.saveMOlives.com. Buckle up and Arrive Alive.



2014 Racial Profiling Report as submitted to the MO Attorney General's Office

On 02-12-15, the Belton Police Department submitted the 2014 racial profiling statistics to the Missouri Attorney General's Office as required by law.  This is a listing of vehicles stopped in the city and the breakdown of drivers, reason for the  stop, results of the stop along with other information.  For more information on traffic stop reporting go to http://ago.mo.gov/VehicleStops/ to view statewide previous years totals and other information.

Belton's 2014 Report



Social Networking Media Response Policy

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