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Police: Click It or Ticket campaign a success

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By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

The Crescent City Police Department's Click It or Ticket campaign resulted in 35 seat belt citations as well as numerous other infractions.

Three people were arrested for DUIs, five people for outstanding warrants, two for being unlicensed or suspended drivers, one for being an uninsured driver and four for drugs. Six of the arrests were for felony charges.

"It was really quite a successful program," not only for the amount of tickets written and arrests made, but because of the community's involvement, Police Chief Doug Plack said. "I think the community effort needs to be applauded for their compliance."

The two-week program ended Sunday.

Before the Click It or Ticket program began, officers and volunteers from the Crescent City Police Explorers did a seat belt usage survey that found that 94 percent of Crescent City residents wear their seat belts, Plack said. A post-program survey found that percentage increased 2 percent to 96 percent seat belt usage.

"You might not think that's a lot, but in 2006 the national average was 81 percent," Plack said. "We have a higher percentage alone in our community than as a national average, which shows a lot for our community."

Plack said he intends to run a Click It or Ticket campaign, which is grant-based, every year and hopes to increase the percentage even more.

"It's the most effective way to protect people and protect people in motor vehicle crashes," he said.

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