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DUIs top list of Operation Thunder weekend offenses

Operation Thunder tickets 74

Monday, April 29, 2013 12:53 PM
Last updated Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:28 AM
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Driving under the influence topped the list of offenses from last weekend’s Operation Thunder traffic stops.

Cameron Thomas, of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, works with other officers at a road check on Mike Padgett Highway for Operation Thunder, a 90-day state crackdown on traffic violations. Hundreds of citations have been issued.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Cameron Thomas, of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, works with other officers at a road check on Mike Padgett Highway for Operation Thunder, a 90-day state crackdown on traffic violations. Hundreds of citations have been issued.


Police cited 74 drivers with driving under the influence from Thursday to Saturday, according to information released by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

There were 50 seat-belt cases, 64 child-restraint cases, 12 uninsured motorists, six open containers, 67 suspended or revoked licenses, 17 suspended registration or no tag, four equipment violations, 13 excessive-tint cases and 100 other violations. Police also issued four warrants and had 17 misdemeanor and six felony drug arrests.

Stops were conducted at Brown Road at Old Waynesboro Road; Sand Bar Ferry at Laney-Walker Boulevard; Ri­ver Watch Parkway at Alexander Drive;
Deans Bridge Road at Georgia High­way 88; the 3700 block of Walton Way Ex­ten­sion; the 2300 block of Wash­ington Road; the 2300 block of Tobacco Road; and River Watch Park­way at River Shoals.
The crackdown on driving offenses is part of a three-month operation conducted through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The operation began Feb. 14.

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/30/13 - 12:46 pm
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That's the thing about

That's the thing about feelings.....most times that's all they are and devoid of fact.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/30/13 - 12:41 pm
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It's that sort of argument,
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It's that sort of argument, ICL, that can be used to justify the abolishment of all our civil rights. We can start with the 2nd Amendment.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/30/13 - 12:53 pm
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Palmetto, last time I check

Palmetto, last time I check it was legal to drive and it was legal to own a gun.....it's at the point when you drive drunk or shoot someone that it becomes illegal.

As long as both are within the guidelines of the law I don't see a problem. If I go hunting, law enforcement has a right to check to make sure I have a legal licenses to hunt......if I drive, law enforcement has a right to check to make sure I have a legal license to drive.

Some object to having to stop and show proof they have the right to drive.......do they also object to showing they have a right to hunt?

Stopping you to provide proof of legality does not take your right away.

Valkyrie1
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Valkyrie1 04/30/13 - 01:34 pm
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ICL My father died in a drunk

ICL My father died in a drunk driving accident on Calhoun Expressway in 1988. I don't support road blocks because it smacks of entrapment and a police state. It says that you don't have to be actually doing something wrong for the police to stop you. Once you start giving the government the power to tromp on your rights (see 4th amendment) it's not going to stop at the one thing you approve of. It will continue forward.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 02:42 pm
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It's legal to carry a gun

It's legal to carry a gun openly with or without a license. I would feel my rights were being violated if an officer questioned me simply because he saw I had a gun. I would also be ticked if an officer entered my house without reason. The Supreme Court has clearly said they will allow such checkpoints because it is a temporary emergency with drunk drivers. That ruling was almost 30 years ago and it's time to reconsider the Court decision.

The fact is driving is a necessity. Should we demand people be required to have papers to walk down the sidewalk and call it a privilege and not a right? Again, if the founding fathers had thought there would be checkpoints set-up to stop their horses and wagons as under the British in the Revolutionary War, they would have addressed it. The fact is they would have laughed at the very idea. They assumed the Bill of Rights would never allow such measures.

(By the way, I see where the guy who was stopped and jailed whom I was discussing above is a big Libertarian who is seeking a court fight about Operation Thunder. A story just came out in another online site.)

billcass
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billcass 04/30/13 - 04:35 pm
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How sad

That we are willing to give up our freedoms so easily. There is absolutely zero statistical support that driivng at .08 makes you any less safe than at .10. Yet the MADD folks will tell you that you are a walking time bomb, which is all people need to rationalize these tactics. Don't tell me "if you have nothing to hide, don't worry." That means that if I am not cooking meth in my house I shouldn't be upset if the cops want to conduct a warrantless search. Well I am. If you go out to dinner and have a glass of wine, and are pulled over at a checkpoint as soon as you (truthfully) tell the cop you had a glass of wine, that is "probable cause" to have you get out and submit to a sobriety check point. And then of course, they can look in your car and further invade your privacy. Sorry, but my personal freedom means too much to me to abdicate it like this. That is why when I am pulled over at a check point I literally refuse to say anything. Eventually they will let you go. Between this and the abomination of Obamacare, we are slowly but surely giving away our freedoms.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/30/13 - 08:21 pm
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Very coincidentally, after
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Very coincidentally, after having posted several times today on this article, guess what I just now encountered on the way home from a long day at work. I was pleased that I was not asked this time where I was going.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/13 - 07:06 am
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IAD and Palmetto About Rolling Thunder

As we all know it's not a criticism of Sheriff Roundtree of the RCSO when we point out constitutional problems with these road checkpoints all over the county. Operation Thunder was forced on the county by Gov. Deal. While we all want to get violators or all kinds off the roads, we are not willing to give up our rights to these stops without cause. They are similar to the Nazis ringing the Warsaw ghetto checking anyone who comes or goes. This is 'Merica, doggone it.

By the way, thinking about it more, I suspect that Libertarian guy wanted to test the checkpoints is why he turned around. It will be an interesting court case.

fishman960
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fishman960 05/01/13 - 09:31 am
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Libertarian

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David Parker
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David Parker 05/01/13 - 08:46 am
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ICL, I think your direct at

ICL, I think your direct at me was answered already. NO, I wouldn't sacrifice the freedom and liberty as a whole to save a life. We are promised nothing in this world, including waking up tomorrow. I could be next, you could be next, dunno, but I'm positive, somebody will be next. It's what we do while we are here that means something. I'd rather leave this world knowing that I was not part of the problem and that I fought to stop the chipping away that some feel is no big deal.

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