Mini Operation Thunder nets 21 DUI arrests



Operation Thunder returned last weekend as more than 20 people were charged with driving under the influence.

The operation, aimed at cracking down on issues leading to crashes and fatalities, was conducted for three months this year but returns periodically for shorter stints.

The mini operation on Friday and Saturday was conducted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia State Patrol at several locations throughout the county. Officers conducted road checks on Friday that resulted in 16 DUI arrests and 29 child safety seat citations for failure to properly restrain children.

On Saturday, officers were deployed to watch for traffic violations. They made five DUI arrests and a number of traffic warnings and citations.

Police said the operation has helped lead to fewer traffic fatalities than in previous years. This year, 23 people have died from traffic-related incidents. During the same period last year, 37 people had died.

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