There were six DUI arrests, nine wrecks and a dozen child-restraint citations, which topped the list of violations from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 4 a.m. Jan. 1, according to statistics released Thursday by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Division.
Sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said publicity about an increased police presence on roads, motorists planning ahead for other transportation and local establishments offering designated rides helped keep in check the number of traffic offenses.
“Of course we’re putting out there that we’re going to be out in full force,” Chew said, “so all of that usually around this time of year is what helps deter people from driving DUI.”
Also during the 10-hour period were nine arrests, six suspended or revoked license violations and a total of 74
warnings. The offenses came from a combination of road checks and traffic patrol.
December also marked the end of Operation Thunder, which was conducted by the sheriff’s office, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia State Patrol in an effort to reduce the high number of traffic fatalities
that occurred in Richmond County in 2012.
The 90-day operation started in early 2013 and led to 307 DUI arrests, 39 fugitives caught and more than 1,100 warnings issued. Officers also gave
330 seat belt and 488 child-seat citations.
Subsequent traffic checkpoints were set up throughout the year.