Weekend relatively peaceful

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 26, 2003

Despite the increased traffic which typically is a part of the Memorial Day weekend, Covington County officials reported a fairly quite weekend.

Red Level Police Chief David Anderson said his department conducted a "Click it or Ticket" campaign last Friday night along with several other neighboring agencies, including the Andalusia Rescue Squad, Alabama State Troopers, Covington County Sheriff's Department, River Falls Police Department, the Gantt Police Department, Covington County Sheriff's Posse, Covington County 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force and the Alabama ABC Board.

He said the campaign proved to be a successful one.

"We issued 30 tickets, both warning and regular tickets," said Anderson. "Among those tickets were one DUI, as well as some tickets for driver's license violations, insurance violations and improper equipment. We also had six people arrested for drugs."


said the patrol, which lasted from 7:30-11:30 p.m., and took place on U.S. Highway 55 and County Road 107, involved 27 officers from the various agencies participating.

"We probably checked between 500 and 600 cars in total," said Anderson.

Anderson noted that during the campaign, the Alabama State Troopers also made several arrests.

He said he appreciated the assistance of all the agencies who took part in Friday's patrol, and also Gov. Bob Riley and the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs

(ADECA), as well as the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, for making the funds available for the campaign.

He said roving patrols will continue this week and another patrol checkpoint will be conducted Friday night.

The Andalusia Police Department reported a quiet weekend, although the department was also slated to conduct a "Click it or Ticket" campaign last Friday night.

Opp Police Officer Jason Blue reported on Monday that the weekend had "been a pretty quiet one," with no major arrests or incidents over the weekend.

"We had one overnight arrest (Sunday night)," said Blue. "I don't know of any major details planned (for Memorial Day) but I know that our officers were definitely planning to be on a higher lookout (Monday night) because of it being a holiday."

Amy Lewis of Covington County E-911 said she had been informed that the agency handled "only routine matters and that there were no major calls."