Moss Point Police crack down on seat belt violators

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Police officers Joseph Savage and Barry Clark setup at the busiest spots in Moss Point Tuesday to look for drivers who were not buckled up.  They found some obeying the law and wearing their belts.

"The kids are buckled up, too. Man, I am glad," Officer Clark said to a driver.

Others were caught unbuckled.

"It's easier and simpler to go head and click it than pay a fine," Officer Savage said.

Both officers said it's unfortunate, but a lot of people don't see it that way. They hear all sorts of reasons for not buckling up, like seat belts are an inconvenience and uncomfortable.

"It is an inconvenience, but it is a safety that we all need to take care of," Clark said.

"They're a life saving tool to us, to protect us during a crash, and they help you go home safe," Savage said.

Wearing a seat belt in Mississippi was made a primary offense a couple of years ago. But Moss Point Police say people still find excuses not to buckle up.

"I am looking for something, or I just forgot about it. I have heard every one of them that there can possibly be," Clark said about drivers' excuses for not wearing safety belts.

Police issued one ticket, but gave the majority of drivers a warning.

"We are not being mean; we are just trying to make their lives safe."

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