JCSO writes hundreds of citations during 28-day STEP surge

JCSO writes hundreds of citations during 28-day STEP surge
Jones County Sheriff's Office deputies ticketed hundreds of drivers for various violations during a 28-day period in January and February. (Source: WDAM)

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) _ Over a 28-day period, Jones County Sheriff’s Office deputies wrote out more than 245 citations for suspended or no driver’s license and more than 250 for no insurance.

JCSO conducted 32 overtime details through the state grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement Program between Jan. 16 and Feb. 12.

STEP’s primary goals are enforcing seatbelt and child-restraint device laws, while also getting impaired drivers off the road.

But 24 “saturation patrols” and eight checkpoints staged by JCSO during the period netted a slew of other violations, including:

  • No insurance: 252
  • Written warnings: 136
  • No seatbelt: 134
  • No driver’s license: 126
  • Suspended driver’s license: 119
  • Reckless/careless driving: 42
  • No child restraint: 21
  • Felony arrests: 14
  • Drug arrests: 9
  • DUI/drugs: 7
  • Fugitives apprehended: 6
  • DUI/assist to other: 4
  • DUI/alcohol: 3
  • Underage possession of alcohol: 1

“Jones County drivers will continue to see enhanced saturation patrols and safety checkpoints in 2021 aimed at enforcing seat belt and child safety seat laws, as well as impaired driving laws.” Sheriff Joe Berlin said in a release.

“It is very easy to increase you and your children’s chances of avoiding serious injury and death in a vehicle crash - simply wear your seat belt and buckle your child in an approved child safety seat which has been properly installed. It really is a matter of life and death.”

The JCSO is utilizing overtime grant funding provided by the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety to conduct the enhanced saturation patrols and safety checkpoints enforcing seat belt, child safety seat and impaired driving laws.

“For those driving impaired, rest assured, we have a jail cell waiting on you,” Berlin said.

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