During a recent Save Our Babies and Click It or Ticket crackdown, Beeville Police Department officers hauled in a dozen felons and four drunk drivers.
According to Police Chief Joe Treviño, the event, which was held last Saturday, should have been no surprise. Several public service announcements were made on local radio programs and notifications were printed in the newspaper.
Sgt. Jason Alvarez said officers wrote 69 citations for 73 different violations and issued seven warnings.
Alvarez said checkpoints were set up on West Corpus Christi Street at Minnesota Street and later at U.S. Highway 59 at St. Mary’s Street. Before the day ended, officers set up at North St. Mary’s Street and FM 351.
According to figures released by Treviño, in addition to the four DWI and 12 felony arrests, officers also nabbed 22 fugitives who had outstanding warrants.
In addition, officers issued 51 citations for no seat belts, eight child safety seat citations, 16 tickets for no liability insurance, five citations for speeding, two traffic control tickets, one hazardous moving violation citation and 25 “other” citations.
Nine suspects also were arrested for drug possession, and three citations were issued to minors who were in possession of alcohol.
Operation Save Our Babies was first organized by Mickie Ochoa, a co-owner of Angel Care Ambulance Service, after she witnessed a child ejected from a vehicle in an accident.
The program is intended to encourage parents to properly protect their young children by keeping them in child safety seats when they are in the family vehicle.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.