Officers conducted a Click It Or Ticket checkpoint on N.C. 68 on Jan. 22 between 9 and 11 a.m. Photo by Thomas Lester/NWO
By Thomas Lester
Guilford County's law enforcement agencies like to hold safety checkpoints at least once a month.
On Jan. 22, a Click It Or Ticket checkpoint was held between 9 and 11 a.m. on a strech of N.C. 68 north between Bryan Boulevard and Pleasant Ridge Road in Greensboro.
The checkpoint was conducted by members of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Guilford County Sheriff's Office, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, N.C. A&T University Police Department, the UNC Greensboro Police Department and members of the Guilford County DWI Task Force.
"With checkpoints like these, it takes a lot of manpower," explained NCHP First Sergeant Doug Garland, who was in charge of the checkpoint. "When we partner with other agencies, it makes for good camaraderie and we can more effectively serve the public."
Garland said while the main priority of the checkpoint was to discover seat belt violations, officers were taking time to make sure no other violations were taking place.
He said the stretch of N.C. 68 was selected because that particular area -- a relatively flat and straight portion of roadway -- was determined to be a safer place to be able to stop vehicles and to pull automobiles out of traffic, if need be.
Garland said in addition to monthly Click It Or Ticket checkpoints, the agencies try to conduct Booze It And Lose It checkpoints each month as well.