Published: Sep 21, 2011 2:07 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2011 4:27 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Fort Myers Police caught more than 100 people for traffic violations in Tuesday's checkpoint blitz across the city.

In the largest checkpoint operation they've done since 2009, police set up one checkpoint in each of the city's four police districts. Officers stopped drivers and asked to a see a valid driver's license and registration. They also used the opportunity to verify drivers' insurance.

The effort lasted from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. By the end of it, officers had handed out 78 citations and arrested 26 people for driving with an invalid license or no license at all.

Police hope the large-scale operation reminds people to stay legal behind the wheel.

"We understand a lot of circumstances. They need their cars. They need to get to work, but they also have a requirement by the state. It's a privilege, it's not a right," says Lt. Jim Mulligan, with Fort Myers Police.