Richmond County logs 230 speeding citations over holiday

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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