LIVERPOOL — For the past two decades, Liverpool Police would normally make about two dozen arrests each month. But in September and October this year that number dramatically increased.
Officers made 78 arrests in September, and in October they made 105 arrests, more than four times as many as usual.
Police Chief Jerry Unger said the reason could be directly traced to the corresponding increase in his department’s monthly number of traffic stops.
“Our number of traffic stops has doubled since August,” Unger said.
The department made 412 traffic stops in September, and officers issued 415 citations for violations of the state’s vehicle and traffic laws. Those numbers are twice the number of stops and tickets issued a month before, in August.
The LPD arrested 78 individuals in September on 102 criminal charges. That’s more than three times the usual number of monthly arrests in Liverpool.
Liverpool Police also participated in the State Police Traffic Services Aggressive Driving Enforcement campaign Sept. 1 through Sept. 30.
In October, Liverpool officers made 442 traffic stops, issued 419 citations and arrested 105 individuals on 127 criminal charges.
Unger credits his officers for their diligent enforcement of the state’s traffic laws for the noticeable increase in arrests over the past several months.
“Many of the arrests are for things like driving with a suspended registration or aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle or driving while intoxicated,” Unger said.
Routine traffic stops often resulted in the motorists being arrested on outstanding warrants, the chief added.
Unger singled out two of his newer recruits – Ryan Roman and Taylor Zinter – for their vigorous traffic enforcement.
“We’ve got a couple of guys who are really doing their jobs keeping our roads safe,” Unger said. “They’re really getting things done.”
Overnight parking ban in effect
From Nov. 1 through April 15, parking along most village streets is banned from midnight to 8 a.m. In the village business district, on-street parking is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.