‘Operation Firecracker’ nets arrests

Published 10:19 am Saturday, July 10, 2010

JACKSON – The July 4th holiday travel period was a busy one across Northampton County.

Jackson Police Chief John Young, who serves as Northampton’s coordinator for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, said several law enforcement agencies in the county joined forces to take part in the “Operation Firecracker” program.

Young said there were seven motorists charged with DWI; 13 for safety belt violations; two drivers charged for not properly restraining a child passenger; four cited for driving while license were revoked; one drug arrest; one charged with reckless driving and 51 speeding citations issued.

Additionally, there were 99 other traffic tickets issued as well as two individuals arrested on criminal violations. There were 14 others arrested on outstanding warrants.

“Operation Firecracker” in Northampton County consisted of vehicle checking stations and saturation patrols conducted by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and town police, according to Young.

“We conducted checkpoints in nearly every town in the county,” Young said.

Young added that he and the other officers involved in the program received a lot of positive feedback from those using the local roadways during the July 4th holiday weekend.

“The public thanked us for being out on the roads and putting forth an effort to make them safe during their travels,” Young stated. “They saw the news, read the newspapers; they knew we would be out in force over the holiday period. That was a real plus for us because we’d much rather check a license and send these motorists on their way to their holiday destinations rather than having to experience the tragedies that can occur on our roads during a holiday weekend.”