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CPD Participating Now Through June 1

The Crockett Police Department is taking part in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign for the Memorial Day holiday period.

The campaign began Monday, May 19 and will continue through June 1.
"We are asking our local drivers to buckle up and make sure their children are buckled up for safety," said CPD Chief David Cross.

"We work numerous accidents each year where a seat belt could have made a difference in the severity of the injuries received by the occupants of the vehicles," Cross explained. "Our officers will be out looking for seat belt violators over this period. So buckle up for safety."

Motorists who don't buckle up in compliance with state seat belt laws face fines and court costs up to $200 as stepped up enforcement gets underway this month during the Texas Department of Transportation's 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

"Seat belts save lives," said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. "That's a fact. Buckling up will keep you from getting a ticket, and more importantly, it could save your life. Whether you're the driver or a passenger, everyone in the vehicle is required by law to wear a seat belt for every trip. The cost of not using one just isn't worth it."

The "Click It or Ticket" campaign is credited with motivating millions of motorists to always use their seat belts. Only 76 percent of Texans used seat belts when the campaign began in 2002.
Today, 9 out of 10 Texans buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety estimates that since its inception, the "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Texas has resulted in 3,962 fewer traffic fatalities while preventing 66,823 serious injuries and saving more than $15 billion in related economic costs.

In 2013, there were 943 fatalities and 5,383 serious injuries in Texas resulting from crashes in which drivers or passengers were not wearing seat belts.

Wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a serious crash by 45 percent. In pickup trucks, that number jumps to 60 percent as those vehicles are more likely than cars to roll over in a crash. In roll-over crashes, seat belts help keep occupants from being ejected from the vehicle.

Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to be buckled up, including back seat passengers.
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Two Crockett men charged with theft of farm equipment

Marcus Peterson(left), Broderick Creag (right). HCSO photosMarcus Peterson(left), Broderick Creag (right). HCSO photos

By Lynda Jones

An alert citizen's report to the Houston County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) on Monday, May 19 led to the arrest of two men and the recovery of stolen farm equipment.

According to HCSO officials, the investigation began with a call that came in regarding suspicious activity in the Pennington area, south of Crockett.

"The caller reported that someone was driving his neighbor's tractor down a road and the driver was not familiar to him," HCSO officials stated.

Deputies responding to the call conducted an investigation, including interviews, and ultimately arrested two Crockett men and charged them with alleged theft of the tractor and hay forks.
The tractor, along with stolen hay forks, were returned to the owner.

Broderick Creag, 36, of Crockett and Marcus Peterson, 27, of Crockett both were arrested as suspects in this criminal act and charged with State Jail Felony theft, according to the HCSO.

They were booked into the Houston County Jail.

Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt stated, "This is an example of how important it is for citizens to report any suspicious activity. We still live in a community where neighbors can be the eyes and ears for each other and this is what helps to solve crime."

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A young student shows his abilities using an Atlatl to hunt wild game for food during the 21st Annual Houston County Forest Awareness Tour held this year at Ratcliff Lake Recreational Area in the Davy Crockett National Forest on April 10 and April 11 for Houston County schools. (Courtesy Photo)