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St. Robert police hold successful safety checkpoint, cite 30 offenders
ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Feb. 26, 2009) — A safety checkpoint lasting less than three hours netted 30 violators Wednesday afternoon, according to Sgt. Butch Hohman of the St. Robert Police Department.

Hohman announced Thursday that the checkpoint, which ran from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Old Route 66 inside the city limits, had 1,160 vehicles pass through the checkpoint. Of those, 50 were stopped and checked by police for safety equipment such as headlights, taillights, turn signals, and the vehicle operator’s driver’s license and proof of insurance. Police also checked for use of seat belts.

Thirty of the 50 stopped drivers received citations for various offenses. Those included:

• Five people arrested for driving while their driver’s license was suspended or revoked, or when they had no valid driver’s license;

• six drivers had equipment violations;

• one driver had no proof of insurance, and

• 18 drivers were cited for failure to use their seat belts.

The checkpoints are paid for by a traffic safety grant that compensated officers for their overtime pay, and are conducted in cooperation with city crews and the St. Robert Fire Department.

Hohman announced prior to the checkpoint that drivers would “only be detained from (their) travels a very short time to ensure that occupants inside the vehicle are complying with the seat belt law.”

After the checkpoint, Hohman said he was pleased by the results.

“I wish to thank the motoring public for their cooperation and patience during the checkpoints,” Hohman said in a prepared statement.

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