Operation Thunder, a 90-day, state-assisted effort to crack down on driving offenses, netted 140 citations and several arrests Thursday on its first day in Richmond County, according to statistics released by the Sheriff’s Office.
Operation Thunder, begun by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in 2007, concentrates patrols along interstates, state routes and rural roads in a particular area during a 90-day crackdown on aggressive and impaired drivers. The task force generally deploys a combined safety belt, speed and DUI enforcement mobilization with local law enforcement.
The effort was timely after Richmond County saw an increase in traffic-related fatalities in the past two years with 44 deaths in 2012 and 35 in 2011. Officials said they hope to increase motorist safety.
On Thursday the task force held road checks on the 3400 block of Milledgeville Road and at Old Savannah at Molly Pond roads resulting in 140 citations, not including arrests.