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DUIs top list of Operation Thunder weekend offenses

Operation Thunder tickets 74

Monday, April 29, 2013 12:53 PM
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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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commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 04/29/13 - 01:45 pm
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Land of the free: just don't

Land of the free: just don't get in your car....

happychimer
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happychimer 04/29/13 - 01:45 pm
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Good work!

Good work!

faithson
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faithson 04/29/13 - 02:14 pm
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two edge sword...

anyone realize just how much 'income' comes from this in fines, a motivator to keep the practice up. Police state comes to mind.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/29/13 - 04:25 pm
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Martial Law?

This kind of reminds me of Boston with martial law after the bombings. I'm happy they got that many impaired drivers off the road who blew over the limit, but the roadblocks all over town are impeding our freedom. I'm totally against roadchecks without cause. It's a third world, banana republic, police state tactic. Imagine if someone from Europe came here visiting and ran into one of these checkpoints after another. What impression would they get of America?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/29/13 - 04:39 pm
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If I came here from another
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country and ran into a roadblock, my first instinct would be to obey this country's laws.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 04/29/13 - 06:32 pm
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Saving Innocent Lives

Richmond County had over 3 deaths per month on our roadways in 2011, 4 deaths per month on our roadways in 2012 and currently we are at less than 1 death per month. The average stop time at a road check is no worse than a traffic light and the time you spend talking to an officer is less than a minute - of course there are exceptions such as when a concert lets out but traffic is always bad then either way. Road checks have been around for years as driving has always been considered a privilege and no one has the right to drive without a license, drive drunk or endanger others who follow the laws of the road.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/29/13 - 07:52 pm
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Liberty and Intrusive Government

Rational, I understand there are two sides to this issue, but liberty and intrusive government don't mesh well. The Supreme Court has addressed the issue of roadchecks where drivers are stopped without cause. They allowed it to continue ruling drunk driving was a national emergency with the implication being when the emergency passes this bending of liberty would stop too. Do you think the founding fathers would have allowed roadblocks of their horses and carriages all over town?

I understand Sheriff Roundtree and the RCSO have to play by the rules in effect and that means roadchecks, but, frankly, I'm a little tired of Operation Thunder and the checks. Having convoys of police cars barreling around in a show of strength is an attempt to intimidate. That can have a rebound effect as it has with me.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 04/29/13 - 09:46 pm
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We thought about having a

We thought about having a nice dinner at one of the finer dining establishments this past weekend, but decided it's just not worth having to deal with these ridiculous police state style roadblocks, even though I never have more than one glass of wine with dinner.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/30/13 - 04:55 am
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Personally I don't have an

Personally I don't have an issue with it. I drive the speed limit, don't drink and drive and my car insurance is up to date. If a few minutes of inconvenience saves one life that's worth it. For that parent stopped with the child not properly secured, the teen who's driving too fast, or that father who's has just a little too much to drink.....

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/30/13 - 05:28 am
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While I certainly have an
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While I certainly have an appreciation for safer roadways, I believe that Riverman's sentiment is so well stated above, it needs repeating:

"Having convoys of police cars barreling around in a show of strength is an attempt to intimidate. That can have a rebound effect as it has with me."

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 06:18 am
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For 90 days only?I think I can deal with it....

Has Riverman been caught in the dragnet?

woodymeister
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woodymeister 04/30/13 - 06:48 am
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Fear and Fear Alone

There is only one real reason why people don't like traffic stops like these. If you have nothing to fear then comply and move on. I'll bet you if one of your family members died at the hand of a drunk driver, you would feel differently about the random check points. We no longer live in a world where the majority of the public make good decisions. THREE days and 74 driving under the influence arrests. We can not rely on luck to get us through. The rules are the rules....follow the rules and go on your merry way. Disobey the rules and you become the reason stops like these will become more frequent. Way to go RCPD.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/30/13 - 07:48 am
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Woodymeister, I believe you
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Woodymeister, I believe you missed another reason pointed out so well-stated by Riverman.
And, a personal anecdote to drive the point home: Several years ago I was stopped at a checkpoint. After having provided my valid driver's licence, current registration, and effective insurance coverage, the officer inquired, "so, Mr. _____, where are you headed this evening?"
This may have been simply abberrant behavior on the part of that single officer, but it certainly will continue to affect my perception of these checkpoints in a supposedly free society.
And, perhaps more offensive than that, is your insinuation that negative opinions on these tactics stem from the illegal behavior of those who hold them.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/13 - 08:02 am
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Red Light

I would rather they hide in the bushes and try to catch some of the Augusta area drivers who barrel through red lights. That's got to be more dangerous than seat belt violations, child restraint violations, equipment violations, window tint violations, etc.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 04/30/13 - 08:18 am
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I have mixed feelings on

I have mixed feelings on this. First, I do agree with giving out citations for violations for the simple fact people in the CSRA are close to being the absolute worst in the nation...A police officer could set up at any traffic light and write tickets all day long for running red lights. People don't use blinkers to turn anymore, too much effort to do so I guess. Here's one more that I see has happened else where in the U.S., writing citations for driving too slow in the fast lane. That's right people who think they have that privilege as long as they are not speeding! They know what they are doing, pushing peoples buttons just because.
So I do agree that this show of force thing. The policia in Mexico do this all the time and it is needed there, not here in the United States of America!
So I say to Roundtree, keep writing them tickets!

David Parker
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David Parker 04/30/13 - 08:34 am
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Now that they have edged-out

Now that they have edged-out enough for rolling thunder, we can all relax as law enforcement and the State are famous for relinquishing "special" authority once they have been afforded it. Good grief some of you are sooo cute today.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 10:54 am
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Nope, Not Mad

SeenIt, nope, I haven't gotten a ticket in decades or, to be honest, run across one of these checks since Operation Thunder began. I try my best to obey the law.

Let me try to explain it this way. It's like gun control. My right to carry a gun is in the Constitution. I don't want ANYTHING to weaken that right. Searches without due cause is another thing I don't want intruded upon. If they decide to search a block of houses at randon, I'd protest against that, too. If everyone walking down the street had to go through checkpoints, I'd whine about that too.

Driving on roads is a necessity just as riding horses was when our forefathers wrote the Constitution. There is no way they would have allowed checkpoints on the roads of their horse drawn wagons. You simply have to be vigilant of constitutional rights.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/30/13 - 09:05 am
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Interesting Example on the Radio Yesterday

So a young guy approaches a checkpoint, but thinks it's a wreck and turns around because he can go another way or something like that. An officer stops him thinking he is trying to avoid the check. The young guy only lowers his window about 6 in. and gives the officer his license and registration, but the officer demands he lower the window all the way down. The young guy ends up in the Richmond County jail with a $1300 bond I think it was.

Most people with my view about checkpoints would probably take up for the guy, but I differ here. The officer had a reason to stop him. He thought he was trying to avoid the check. If the officer wanted the window down he should have complied. He could even have stated he didn't want to comply but he would. The point is if they have reason to stop you, I don't mind it one bit. On the other hand checkpoint stops for absolutely no reason infringe on all our rights.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/30/13 - 09:24 am
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I am torn on this...

While I can see it smacks of a police state action I also would be grateful if these roadblocks saved one life that would have been lost to a DUI wreck. I just wish there was as much fervor in Law Enforcement against known drug infested neighborhoods. So for now I guess I side with the protection it offers to all drivers.

JustSpeakingMyMind
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JustSpeakingMyMind 04/30/13 - 09:25 am
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Some of you make me laugh.

Some of you make me laugh. You are the same people who in the past complained about certain roads in Richmond County being a death trap and more needed to be done be the sheriff's office. Well they are doing more. 74 DUI's in a weekend speaks volumes. Before you say anything, no I do not live in Richmond County, I do work there, I have never had a ticket in my life and I do my best to avoid Richmond County once I have made it home for the evening, as a matter of fact I try to avoid leaving the house once I get there. However, should I find myself caught up in a road block, I have nothing to hide and it's worth a few minutes of my time to get potential dangerous drivers off the streets. Also if the satistics someone gave earlier a correct that the number of traffic fatalities have reduced from 3 or 4 a month to 1 a month while Operation Rolling Thunder has been in place, thats enough for me to be in favor.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 09:36 am
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I can see a need in Richmond county

When I see the deaths on Mike Padgett Hy & the senseless killings in the county....I think....maybe this will stem the tide somewhat....at least for now the deaths have subsided .....Rtree will need all the help he can get & if this locates some guns & stops the wrecks on Mike Padgett...well I say go for 3 months or so.....all the time ..nooo I would fuss about it too.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 09:38 am
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Speaking mymind

I see your point.....

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 04/30/13 - 10:13 am
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Just do like i do i enjoy a
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Just do like i do i enjoy a cold beer on Friday nite.So on my way home from work i stop get my beer something to throw on the grill.Head out to the back yard light some candles,and my coals pop open a cold one and stay put.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/30/13 - 10:42 am
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Operation Dirty Diaper-Dozens

Operation Dirty Diaper-Dozens of police officers, in force, go house to house to make sure no children are being abused or malnourished.
Operation Gun Check-Dozens of police, in force, go house to house to make sure no one possesses any illegal weapons.
Operation Doobie Brothers-Dozens of police, in force, go house to house searching for any illegal drug.
Operation Slim Jim-Dozens of police, in force-and without your knowledge, will slip into your car while it's parked in front of your house, place of employment, while you're in a store shopping, etc. to search for illegal guns, drugs, incriminating paperwork, or anything that might be illegal or show you might be involved in any illegal activity.

Well, that is until the technology is completely developed for the skin and brain implants. Think how we'll be.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/30/13 - 10:44 am
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If it is saving innocent

If it is saving innocent lives then good. If it is keeping stupid people from killing themselves, I don't care. It is not the nanny government's job to protect me from myself.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/30/13 - 11:02 am
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What Ben Franklin said...

As many remember, but from the above comments, seems too many forgot:

"Those who would give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"!!!!!!!!!!!

ken8375309
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ken8375309 04/30/13 - 11:22 am
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At least a few states like

At least a few states like Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Idaho, and a few others still respect the Constitution and the rights of it's citizens.. I have said it before and I will say it again, these checkpoints remind me a lot of when I traveled through communist Czechoslovakia in the 70's..

David Parker
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David Parker 04/30/13 - 11:45 am
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If each and every citizens

If each and every citizens would personally make a better decision, more than just one life would be saved.

But yeah, let's not focus on a permanent solution and opt for a temporary "fix" that we trade our Constitutional Liberties for.

BRILLIANT

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/30/13 - 12:26 pm
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I have a feeling that if

I have a feeling that if Operation Thunder was a program set up by the Obama administration to make us safer, the editorial board would be gracing us daily with rants on how Stalin (or Hitler, depending on their mood) had been reincarnated and freedom had ceased to exist. I'm sure well over 90% of the comments would follow the same sentiment.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/30/13 - 12:27 pm
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"absolutely no reason

"absolutely no reason infringe on all our rights" When did driving become a right....I've always thought it was a privledge.

Next time that drunk or that unlicense speed demon kills your grandchild, your mother, your husband or wife.......then let's ask, would you have like for him/her to be stopped at a license check road block?

Driving is not a right.....they do not HAVE to give you a license to drive. David Parker, you are correct, if every citizen made better decision then this would be a better world, but life isn't perfect and there is no permanent solution for bad drivers.....if a temporary fix saved the life of your child, your husband or wife, your parent, your neighbor......is it worth it?

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