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Richmond County logs 230 speeding citations over holiday

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 8:40 AM
Last updated Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:55 AM
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By the end of Memorial Day weekend, Richmond County deputies issued 230 speeding citations, arrested 26 and worked six traffic crashes.

The majority of the citations were issued Friday and Saturday, with each day totaling close to 70.

Nineteen people were arrested for driving under the influence, with the majority of the cases falling on Friday.

The weekend also saw the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign, an annual effort to raise awareness about seat belt use, which runs through June 3.

Deputies wrote 15 tickets in seatbelt-related cases over the Memorial Day holiday.

Meanwhile, authorities charged four people at Thurmond Lake with boating under the influence over the three-day weekend, but no drownings or serious boating accidents were reported, according to Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division.

Elsewhere in the state, however, there were two non-boat related drownings – one on Lake Allatoona and one on Lake Nottely – said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings.

Statewide totals for other types of incidents included 28 boating under the influence cases, 13 boating accidents and seven boating incident-related injuries, she said.

By comparison, the 2011 memorial Day Weekend yielded two drownings, 38 boating under the influence cases, 13 boating accidents, six injuries and one boating accident fatality.

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Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 07:49 am
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Good haul

That is over $30,000 in revenue for the weekend. Not bad.

jmckee22652
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jmckee22652 05/29/12 - 07:59 am
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Also, the thing about a

Also, the thing about a speeding ticket is there is virtually no court costs involved. Usually fines are paid early. Atleast, thats what common sense unless there is a discrepancy. BTW Good point made about revenue.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/29/12 - 08:17 am
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So where do you come up with

So where do you come up with $30,000 in revenue? I mean, yes, it will yield a decent income for the county, but that's an average of $130 per ticket. I find that highly doubtful. Never been ticketed in Richmond County (knock on wood) to know about their policies, but most other places will also knock a whole lot off your fine--many cut it in half--with a simple phone call or visit to the office.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 05/29/12 - 08:24 am
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It isn't about money.

It's about lives and limbs.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 08:45 am
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Best estimate

It is my best estimate bdouglas. If you won't to disprove me go out and get a speeding ticket or a DUI. If I am wrong I will make a correction. I think $130/ ticket when you include a few DUIs is reasonable but what do I know. Regardless of the amount it is good bit for a weekend.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 08:48 am
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DUIs

There were 19 DUIs. That in itself is about $13,000 at $700 a a charge.

allhans
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allhans 05/29/12 - 08:49 am
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Is the total 230 or is it 230

Is the total 230 or is it 230 plus the other numbers? Just wondering..

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 08:49 am
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What??

What's the matter with you guys. I make a simple, innocent comment and you jump all over it.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 08:53 am
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ALLHANS

It is hard to tell but I believe it is 230 speeding tickets plus other charges.
BTW, My last comment was not intended for you. As you can see we both commented at the same time.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/29/12 - 09:41 am
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Ignore User

At least they're paying attention to what you say, Carleton. They just ignore me.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/29/12 - 09:44 am
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http://www.speedingticketcent

http://www.speedingticketcentral.com/Georgia-speeding-ticket.html

According to this site a speeding ticket in Georgia can range from $145 to $325. Carleton Duvall, I believe your estimate of $130 is a very reasonable average.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 09:56 am
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Thanks

Thanks to you, LL and I C L for the support. At my age You become grateful for all you can get. I knew my estimate was reasonable. Why? Because the last ticket I got was $150 and no, I was not able to get it reduced and I am a friend of an officer in the sheriff's department. They just don't do that and they shouldn't.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 10:03 am
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Little Lamb

Just for the record I read all of your comments. I don't respond to them because I agree with most that you post. If you post something that I disagree with you will hear from me.

pommom38
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pommom38 05/29/12 - 10:17 am
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Speeding Law

Ignore them, they may have gotten tickets before.. haha.. JK before ya'll freak out!
The amount is more than probable.. Georgia has the speeder law thing, they charge MORE than other states. Friend got a ticket for going 15mph over, her ticket was almost 200$.
Great job either way po-po, people don't speed and act crazy, then nothing to worry about :-)

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 05/29/12 - 10:57 am
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CHA-CHING!

CHA-CHING! BTW, my last moving violation (61/45 on Riverwatch near River Shoals Drive several years back) cost me $140, so the $130 AVG wasn't far from right.

LastEagle181
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LastEagle181 05/29/12 - 11:25 am
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Georgia Law/Code

While I was not one of the ticketed people,I feel it pertinent to point out some irregularities in the operation being run on Bobby Jones Expressway 5/28/12. To start with, Ga. code 40-14-7,visibility of vehicle from which device is operated No stationary speed detection device shall be employed by county, municipal, college, or university law enforcement officers where the vehicle from which the device is operated is obstructed from the view of approaching motorists or is otherwise not visible for a distance of at least 500 feet. That goes to say, operating a laser & tagging people from a bridge above where the vehicle & deputy are not in direct line of eye sight is a no no.

This one would have to be verified by the sheriff but it needs looking into Ga. Code 40-14-2. Permit required for use; use not authorized where officers paid on fee system; operation by registered or certified peace officers. (c) A permit shall not be issued by the Department of Public Safety to an applicant under this Code section unless the applicant provides law enforcement services by certified peace officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week on call or on duty or allows only peace officers employed full time by the applicant to operate speed detection devices. Speed detection devices can only be operated by registered or certified peace officers of the county sheriff, county, municipality, college, or university to which the permit is applicable. Persons operating the speed detection devices must be registered or certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as peace officers and certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as operators of speed detection devices.

Each & every officer using laser or radar must be trained & certified to use the equipment & must keep it up to date.
Whether a person knows it or not, it is their right to witness the accuracy of the radar or laser being used (it says so right on the ticket they are being given but the officer won't tell them). In the Bobby Jones incident, they were tagging people so fast, there's no way anybody could witness anything! This gives these people enough wiggle room to fight these tickets if they have not already paid them.

While I commend Richmond County Sheriffs Office for all their great work & diligence, I truly think they need to make all their cases iron clad....even the small ones.

God Bless The Thin Blue Line

rocketserve
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rocketserve 05/29/12 - 11:39 am
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About safety?
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If it were "about safety", then why not do it every weekend and not just on holidays when more people are on the roads? I travel from ATL to the Augusta area once or twice a month and I have NEVER seen the 7-8 Columbia Co officers at the rest area waiting to pull over speeders that the 9th officer was popping with the speed gun. The funny part was I did not see any GSP officers on the interstate on my trip down I-20 so if it was truly about safety, then the GSP should have also been out trying to make the roads safer. Looks to me to be a county thing to raise a little revenue.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/29/12 - 12:37 pm
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Willie Sutton

Why, you ask, rocketserve, do they set up speed traps on holidays? It reminded me of what serial bank robber Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed banks — “Because that's where the money is!”

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 05/29/12 - 01:03 pm
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About the money

Regardless of what some have said, it is my opinion that, although safety is a concern, money is the driving force behind speed traps. Some years ago sheriffs were paid by the fee system in most Georgia counties. They received no salary and received a percentage of what they collected in fines. This is a fact. Check it out if you like. As a result, sheriffs in many counties bought their own cars and equipment and would set up traps all over Georgia. Ludiwici(sp?) was well known as a speed trap town. Glennville was another. People who drove through these towns knew to drive slow. People from northern states were the target and they got pulled over in droves. The state did away with the fee system years ago but speeding tickets are still a source of income.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/29/12 - 01:24 pm
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And GA has that excess speed

And GA has that excess speed law. Speeders who speed a certain amount over the speed limit will not only get a speeding ticket, but will get a $200 ticket from the state of GA.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/29/12 - 01:31 pm
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It is absolutely a source of income

Why do you think the county fathers of Gwinnett were squealing so loudly when they lost their radar certification? They plainly stated it is killing their budget.
And BTW, the AJC researched the accident records and there was NO increase in accidents over the 2 years radar was not in use. They don't improve safety by parking several cars by the road to chase; they increase safety by having those cars patrolling, looking for the erratic driver.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 05/29/12 - 02:46 pm
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Where are they when you need them???

Everytime I am going down the road and some idiot is driving like a maniac I always wonder where is the law when you need them? I agree with itsanotherday for the 2nd time today. They need to be out on the roads patroling more I mean what all are they missing by sitting in one spot checking for speeders?

allhans
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allhans 05/29/12 - 03:46 pm
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Money. What's hard to

Money. What's hard to understand about that.

csraguy
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csraguy 05/30/12 - 01:31 am
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LastEagle 181 - False Information

LastEagle, Although I am sure you mean no harm, your facts are not quite accurate. People should not assume they may "see the radar / lidar" when in GA they have no right to do so.

40-14-7 - The law states the vehicle must be visible it does not say in direct line of site and therefore, operating from a bridge when the vehicle is visible is in compliance with state law as has been proven in contested cases. Furthermore, if GSP is using the Lidar / Laser / Radar, this law does not even apply because as you will note, state officers are excluded from the law.

40-14-2 - The agency or department must operate 24 hours per day (unlike some very small towns) and the officers must be certified. RCSO does and the officers are - log books are kept and serial numbers from the devices are noted on tickets as well.

Citizens have NO RIGHT to view the radar, lidar or other equipment for various reasons to include officer safety. You do have the right to request an accuracy check for RADAR and if the machine fails, then the officer would need to note that and/or change the citation to a warning. However, he/she is under no obligation to show you anything on any piece of equipment used. Furthermore, this again does not apply to the GSP.

Their cases are about as iron clad as you can get. An officer may make an error at times that could get a ticket thrown out on a technicality but that is extremely rare.

Great Job RCSO / GSP and all other agencies in helping to make this Memorial Day safe for the many citizens using the roadways through your presence and enforcement strategies.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/30/12 - 07:12 am
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Thank you csraguy!

Thank you csraguy!

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 05/31/12 - 09:15 pm
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CSRAguy did you learn all
Unpublished

CSRAguy did you learn all that patrolling in Crawfordville? Actually not only can a citizen request an accuracy check they can go to Court and ask to see the calibration certification and if it has expired the case will be thrown out of Court. You'll be amazed how often the certification is expired.

Now tell me CSRAguy how does the radar function and define the doppler theory.

csraguy
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csraguy 06/02/12 - 06:28 pm
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Khanb4real

I will leave the sarcasim at home and just respond to your post. It clearly stated that citizens have the right to an acuracy check but not to view the radar. It is an officer safety issue and people don't need to be thinking they can walk back to patrol cars when they have no right to do so.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/03/12 - 11:00 am
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I think I understand. You
Unpublished

I think I understand. You cannot answer my question. It's all good; I knew you couldn't because you are not radar certified and have never worked for the traffic division.

csraguy
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csraguy 06/03/12 - 11:30 am
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Your Question

Your question in and of itself is insincere. If you really need to know the answer I will gladly discuss it with you in person. I have been radar certified for years and yes, it is current along with my Lidar certification.

Now, if ANYTHING I posted in my original post which was an effort to help properly educate and keep LEO's safe was incorrect, please properly point it out and I will correct it.

Khan'tB4Real
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Khan'tB4Real 06/03/12 - 11:47 am
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You ONLY mention you can
Unpublished

You ONLY mention you can request an accuracy check and fail to note any other recourse available to private citizens. There is no insincerity just asking you a valid question to test your knowledge since you often want to post what you know.

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