State grant money helping WMPD enforce driving safety laws

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The West Monroe Police Department is increasing its patrols and checkpoints.

This year the department received over $100,000 towards patrols and checkpoints. (Source: KNOE)

Every year the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission provides funding to the West Monroe Police Department to enforce Occupant Protection and Impaired Driving Laws.

"[We] have at least one checkpoint every quarter, we have to have so many enforcement hours at night time for occupant protection," said WMPD Public Information Officer Sergeant C.J. Beck.

This year the department received over $100,000 towards patrols and checkpoints.

"The object of the checkpoint is not to catch people it's to communicate awareness," he said.

According to a 2019 report from LSU, 56.6% of all drivers died in an accident from not wearing a seatbelt.

It's those same numbers that the police department is trying to lower through the annual "Click-it or Ticket" campaign and other enforcement measures.

"We want people to be more responsible and report when they see irresponsible behavior," Beck said.

The campaign runs from May 18-31.