MASON — A “Click It or Ticket” checkpoint will be held in Mason on Monday as part of the Border to Border Patrol, according to Mason Police Chief Jimmy Reynolds.
The checkpoint will be located on Rt. 62 (Second Street) in front of the Mason Town Hall, from 6 to 10 p.m. Chief Reynolds said in addition to municipal officers, deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department will also be assisting.
Click It or Ticket is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seat belt enforcement program that is observed by the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program. It was created in an effort to help increase the seat belt usage rate by reminding people to wear their seat belts, according to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles website.
Although the checkpoint will focus on seat belt usage, the chief said the officers will be enforcing all violations. A variety of informational brochures will also be distributed to motorists during the event.
Funds to pay overtime wages for the officers will come from a grant through the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Chief Reynolds said the Border to Border Patrol covers the three-state area of West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.
The Mason Police Department has participated in a number of programs offered by, and paid for, through the state. Others have focused on driving under the influence and cell phone texting while driving.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.