CPD to conduct extra Thanksgiving patrols

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Starting this week through Nov. 30, officers from the Columbia Police Department are participating in the nationwide “Click it or Ticket” traffic safety campaign.

Funding is provided through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety.

CPD officers will be on the roadways patrolling the Admiral Parkway (Route 3) corridor looking for violations that will help reduce traffic crashes.

“The emphasis from our officers will be on speeding violations, driving under the influence, moving violations and wearing seat belts,” Columbia Deputy Police Chief Jerry Paul said. “Look for our seat belt enforcement zones and make sure you are buckled up.”

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police will also be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Additional enforcement will take place late at night when belt use is at its lowest and impaired driving is the biggest problem,” St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson said.

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