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Advocate file photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Police Chief David McDavid

STACY GILL

Thanks to a Louisiana Highway Safety Commission grant awarded to the Zachary Police Department, officers are participating in several national campaigns, including the seat belt enforcement program Click It or Ticket, held May 23 through June 5.

During the campaign, Zachary officers worked 120 hours enforcing seat belt use and made 319 traffic stops. Of those stops, 174 seat belt citations were issued, Police Chief David McDavid said.

Also during that period, two motorists were booked on driving while intoxicated charges, and for one, it was the driver’s third offense, McDavid said.

In addition to the seat belt program, the grant will help pay for overtime patrols during the upcoming Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which focuses on impaired driving. That effort begins Aug. 19 and will continue through Sept. 5.

McDavid said officers will be conducting checkpoints within Zachary city limits during the campaign.

“The purpose of the ZPD participating in these efforts is to ensure Zachary residents and visitors to our community stay safe on our roads,” said the police chief.

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