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MPD releases traffic checkpoint data

September 19, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown Police Department conducted a traffic safety checkpoint over the weekend to promote awareness and education.

From 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, officers stationed themselves on the 2500 block of South Center Street and pulled over drivers to check license, registration and insurance as well as conduct equipment checks on head, tail and brake lights, wipers, horns, tires and turn signals.

Police made contact with 116 drivers during the checkpoint. They issued 24 citations and gave 35 warnings for traffic infractions. Of the 59 people issued either warnings or citations, 16 were because of lack of insurance, seven were for illegal window tint and six were for not wearing a seatbelt.

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Local law enforcement set up a checkpoint Friday night, directing drivers off of Center Street to the Marshall Town Center parking lot.

Other citations and warnings included those for tires, driving under suspension, registration violation and speeding.

Certified car seat technicians also checked 13 car seats and provided the owners with safety seat educational information.

Stops lasted less than five minutes as law-enforcement agents stopped one out of every five cars from 4 to 7:15 p.m. As traffic waned, Sgt. Rick Bellile, with the MPD, said officers began pulling over every third car between 7:15 and 8 p.m.

The traffic safety checkpoint was a collaborative effort between the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and agents from the MPD, Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Tama County and Marshalltown K-9 units, as well as staff from the Marshall County Attorney's Office and the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force.

Officers gave out educational items including pens, pencils, cups, T-shirts, coloring books and key chains on most inspections.



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