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New Year's DUI arrests fall in Richmond County

Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 5:40 PM
Last updated 8:36 PM
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DUI arrests were down in Richmond County this New Year’s weekend compared to last, and tying the number from the year before.

For the weekend of 2010 to 2011, officials made 11 drunken driving arrests Friday, which was New Year’s Eve, 12 on Saturday and two on Sunday.

This year, nine people were arrested for DUI on Friday, nine on Saturday, which was New Year’s Eve, and two on Sunday for a total of 20 arrests, the same as the 2009 to 2010 New Year’s.

This was the second year the holiday fell on a weekend, which Capt. Scott Gay had said attributed to the rise in arrests last year.

Gay attributed this year’s decline in DUI arrests to the public’s knowledge of the programs offered for sober rides. Those included AAA and Budweiser’s Two To Go initiative, where they not only drove impaired residents home, but also towed their cars.

He also said the combined three-night effort by the sheriff’s office, Georgia State Patrol and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, advertised more aggressively for programs such as the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which ran from Dec. 16 through Monday.

“People are paying more attention and preparing better for a night on the town,” Gay said. “We also did a better job of advertising that we had more deputies out.”

This year, the sheriff’s office added 40 extra deputies to the normal weekend shift, compared to 20 last year.

Richmond County also gave out 160 speeding citations, including 93 on Saturday alone; 17 seat belt violations; 28 suspended license citations; and 57 warnings, among others.

“This was a safe New Year’s in Richmond County,” Gay said.

Aiken County arrested no impaired drivers on Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday, according to the jail’s booking officer. Columbia County’s numbers were not immediately available.

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david jennings
david jennings 01/02/12 - 07:16 pm
160 speeding citations?

160 speeding citations? Doesn't surprise me at all. If LE had the manpower they could issue 50 or 60 anyday, everyone seems to be in a big hurry, I don't know why, but , I'm thankful I don't have to live my life like I can't afford to lose a second. Ahh, smell them Roses.

itsanotherday 01/02/12 - 07:59 pm
That's OK David, just stay in

That's OK David, just stay in the right lane out of everyone else's way and you will be just fine. :)

Asitisinaug 01/03/12 - 04:12 am
Excactly when will the number

Excactly when will the number for CC be available? It is not hard to provide this information to the public.

I agree with Captain Gay that all of the increased publicity, media coverage, etc. has helped reduce the number of individuals that drive drunk...I also think the Jail Report has done a good job at curbing this problem, at least with those that work and care about their reputations.

The RCSO did a great job from advice to party goers in advance to extra patrols to road checks - anyone who drives drunk deserved to go to jail because they are unnecessarily endangering all of us.

I also think it is great that groups like AAA and AB Beverage/Budweiser provide for free rides home upon request.

my.voice 01/03/12 - 11:05 am
Aiken County arrested nobody

Aiken County arrested nobody on Friday. Translation=Aiken County wasn't looking for them. Just because you don't catch them doesn't mean they don't exist. They just got away with it again. Sticking our head in the sand isn't an acceptable excuse.

Breathalyzers should be required at all bars upon exit. The option on a positive reading would be (1) Phone a friend (2) Call a taxi (3) Go to jail.

Why is that so hard to comprehend?

Asitisinaug 01/04/12 - 12:27 am
Augusta Chronicle, Does CC

Augusta Chronicle, Does CC have the numbers for us as of yet?

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