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Richmond County sheriff's deputies ticket 158 for speeding, make 11 DUI arrests

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 12:49 PM
Last updated 6:43 PM
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Richmond County sheriff’s deputies issued 158 speeding citations and arrested 11 people on charges of driving under the influence during the Labor Day weekend.

Deputies also cited 59 people with improper seat belt use, 16 with suspended license and 11 with driving without insurance.

The holiday period began Friday and ended Monday. The most speeding citations were issued Friday and Monday.

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happychimer
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happychimer 09/04/12 - 01:12 pm
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Now if they would do this 365

Now if they would do this 365 days a year...

rocketserve
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rocketserve 09/04/12 - 01:41 pm
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No way...
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That would involve the police actually working full time. It is just around the holidays that we care if drunks drive around. On June 17th no one cares but around Jan. 1st or July 4th, they value human life.

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 01:49 pm
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I'm curious what the numbers

I'm curious what the numbers are for other areas.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/04/12 - 02:28 pm
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More people on the roads +

More people on the roads + more people drinking going to and from BBQ's, the lake, dining out etc for the holidays = much higher probability of a drunk killing somebody. It is good policing to beef it up on holidays.

billcass
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billcass 09/04/12 - 03:09 pm
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It is a money pit

Respectfully, DUI enforcement is nothing more than a money pit for the government. There is zero scientific evidence that a BAT of .10 makes anyone more dangerous than a .08, but the feds threatened to withhold money from the states if they did not lower the limits to appease MADD. Obviously if someone is a danger to himself or others, they need to be taken off the road. But many of these are probably roadblocks which nab people who were driving home after 2-3 drinks at dinner, and are no more of a threat than the person talking on their cellphone. But the government makes a ton off of it, and nobody wants to come out in favor of letting more people drink and drive, so nothing will change.

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dichotomy 09/04/12 - 03:57 pm
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Based on what I've seen in

Based on what I've seen in the past few years, I would much rather cross the path of a .10'er than all of these texters and phone stuck in the ear talkers. Now when those drinkers get up there about .15, then they are getting almost as dangerous as a texting teen.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 09/04/12 - 06:24 pm
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dichotomy

Good Comment. Follow a texting driver and see how many times it weaves outside of the lane. A heck of a lot worst than a .08 Driver.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/04/12 - 06:58 pm
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The last three comments are

right on, and are the same drum I've been beating for years. As you can see from my first comment, I am 100% for getting DRUNKS off the road; but studies have shown that a .08 driver is no more dangerous than a cellphone user. In order to get the DRUNK, police have to patrol and observe their driving. While they are out there at checkpoints netting up the guy who had pizza and beer, the DRUNK is weaving his way home on the back roads.

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Riverman1 09/05/12 - 06:41 am
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Thanks to the police for all

Thanks to the police for all they do. But my beef is with checkpoints. The libertarian in me bristles that I have to stop at roadblocks for no reason, answer silly questions and show my license, etc. This is like something they would do in the old East Germany. "Show your papers."

This is America and we shouldn't stop people without cause whether they are driving or walking down the road. Should we put up a checkpoint for pedestrians on Broad St.?

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