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Sheriff’s Office Launches Click It Or Ticket Campaign To Encourage Wearing Of Seat Belts

NEW ORLEANS - 5-20-2015click-it

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office is spearheading "Click It or Ticket," an awareness campaign to remind drivers and their passengers to wear seatbelts.

OPSO officers began their campaign Monday, May 18; and they will be out in force today through May 31, keeping a watchful eye out for motorists who violate Louisiana's seatbelt laws. Officers will patrol major intersections and performed random stops during the day and at night.

"Click It or Ticket is a high visibility enforcement and public awareness campaign designed to save lives by reminding drivers and their passengers to wear seatbelts," said Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman.

The annual campaign is credited with saving the lives of motorists throughout the state, with seat belt use one of the major factors in the decline of crash deaths nationwide and in Louisiana. The average seat belt use in Louisiana has improved steadily throughout the last five years, with Louisiana reaching the national average for seatbelt use at 87 percent in 2014 compared with 82.5 percent in 2013.

Click It or Ticket is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also funds the Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign conducted by the Sheriff's Office last month.


 

OPSO’s Family Visitation Service, Harmony House, To End In June; New Provider Selected

NEW ORLEANS - 5-18-2015

By mutual agreement, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will end its management of the Harmony House Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program on June 1, when the City of New Orleans will move the program to a third party.

The Sheriff's Office has provided parents with court-ordered access to supervised visits and monitored exchanges with their children at the OPSO executive office for nearly five years. The program has served approximately 200 families while housed at the Sheriff's Office.

In a Jan. 22 letter to Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman, Charlotte Parent, director of the city's Department of Health, praised the Sheriff for his "long and ongoing support" of Harmony House. "The work of providing a safe and inviting place for family visitation can be challenging, but key to children's sense of security and well being. You have always been very supportive of family programming that helps us to build strong families," Parent said in her letter.

The new provider of supervised visitation will be Kingsley House. The Sheriff's Office will assist Kingsley House during a transition period.

Sheriff Gusman said, "The Sheriff's Office will cooperate with the city's health department to ensure the highest level of service and a smooth transition in the months ahead."


 

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