Archive for Thursday, September 2, 2004

Baldwin police to increase patrols for holiday weekend

September 2, 2004

Unlike a lot of Baldwin residents, local police officers won't be taking Labor Day weekend off.

Baldwin police will be stepping up patrols this weekend, as well as in the coming weeks, in an effort to curb alcohol-related accidents.

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"Over this holiday weekend, we'll have extra cars out looking for drivers who have been consuming alcohol," Police Chief Mike McKenna said.

The extra patrols, he said, are the second phase of a $5,000 national grant awarded to the Baldwin City Police Department.

Part of the grant was used for the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign earlier this summer in which officers enforced seat belt usage, a program that McKenna said had been successful.

"I've personally seen more people wearing seat belts in Baldwin," he said.

Though Baldwin police are still concerned about seat belt usage, McKenna said the officers would be focusing this weekend on people drinking and driving. He said police might even set up checkpoints.

"In my opinion, it's prudent to be proactive rather than be reactive," he said. "We don't want to see it get to the point where this is a problem. We can only do that by being out there and letting people know we will be enforcing these laws.

"Hopefully, people will think before getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol," he said.

McKenna said the department will continue the increased patrols through Sept. 12.

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