Thursday, April 5, 2007
Police stops net citations
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Police Department wrote 73 citations for no proof of insurance last week, according to chief Robert Pearson.
He said the citations were largely the result of checkpoints set up last Friday in the areas near the three-way stop at Highway 7 North and Martin Luther King Drive.
Patrolling officers also check for proof of insurance cards, as well as a valid driver’s license and valid tags, during so-called routine traffic stops.
“Mississippi law requires all drivers maintain liability insurance and carry a card in the vehicle at all times showing proof of insurance,” said chief Robert Pearson. “If a person is found guilty of not having liability insurance, a misdemeanor, they can be fined up to $500 and have their license suspended for a period of one year.”
Liability coverage pays for damage caused to another vehicle and their passengers or driver and it protects the covered driver’s assets and wages from seizure and lawsuit litigation, he said.
Officers responded to numerous other violations last week, including: expired tag (10); no driver’s license or expired license (14); loud music (2); driving while license suspended (6); disorderly conduct (1); possession of contraband (2); simple assault (4); telephone harassment (1); driving under the influence (2); violation of probation (1); and fugitive arrest (1).
Pearson urges anyone who has information regarding any crime committed in the area to contact the police department at 662-252-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169. The caller does not have to give a name when leaving a tip.
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