Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 1:08 AM
The Haleyville Police Department has been recognized by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for its efforts in the "Click It or Ticket" Campaign conducted Memorial Day weekend. JVarra McCall, program manager for ADECA's Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division, presented HPD with a plaque announcing HPD was awarded 3rd Place for the entire state during the campaign.
The presentation was made Monday evening during the City Council meeting.
According to the the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama, "The Alabama Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state have long understood the relationship between death and a failure to buckle up. While they are persistent in their enforcement of state seatbelt laws, there are also some efforts that are made periodically as special reminders to the citizenry of the importance of one of their most effective traffic safety efforts.
"Click It or Ticket (CIOT) is predominant among these efforts. In it, Alabama cooperates with a National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) effort that is generally run each year during the months of May and June. CIOT is a high-visibility, massive enforcement effort to detect violators of Alabama's seat belt laws.
"All law enforcement agencies in the state support CIOT by contributing resources to it. Federal funds are also made available through the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Division (LETS) of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), and their Community Traffic Safety (CTSP) coordinators are totally involved in coordination activities. Mobilization involves more than 1,500 safety checkpoints in every county in Alabama conducted jointly by state, county and municipal local law enforcement agencies, and this has become the largest law enforcement mobilization effort in Alabama's history. An intense public information and education campaign is run concurrently with the enforcement blitz to inform the motoring public of law enforcement's attitude of “zero tolerance” for seat belt violations."