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Richmond County deputies will be out in 'aggressive manner' to combat drinking and driving

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 5:11 PM
Last updated Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 2:11 AM
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Don’t be surprised to see an increase in police presence if you head out to watch the big game Sunday.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Ramone Lamkin said there won’t be a revival of Ope­ra­tion Thunder, but officers will be on the streets in an “aggressive manner” to combat drinking and driving.

“It’s a sports holiday and a real big event, so we know people are going to be out there trying to drink and drive,” he said.

Though traffic fatalities have been decreasing across Geor­gia, alcohol-related crashes are on the rise.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety asks that those throwing a Super Bowl party keep their guests’ safety in mind when they serve alcoholic beverages. Tips include making sure guests have a sober ride home before letting them consume alcohol, trading alcohol with other beverages, such as coffee, at the end of the third quarter and having a list of cab companies handy.

Georgia’s Drive Sober app provides a list of cab companies and other services that provide a safe way home.

Tow to Go, a free service offered by Bud Light and AAA, will also give rides and tows to residents in Georgia through 6 a.m. Monday. The service, which is meant to be used as a last resort, has removed more than 23,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads since its inception in 1998.

For a ride and tow with Tow to Go, call (855) 286-9246 (2-TOW-2-GO).

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paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 02/01/14 - 07:03 pm
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Wonderful, from this article

Wonderful, from this article about drinking and driving during a "sports holiday and real big event" I assume that this attitude and commitment and aggressive manner from the Richmond County Sherriff's Department towards preventing alcohol related accidents and incidents will be present during Masters week!
Thank you for having such a commitment to vehicular safety, the first week in April should be so extremely safe in Richmond County.

csraguy
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csraguy 02/01/14 - 08:31 pm
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PaulWheeler

Actually that week is pretty safe to drive because if you look around everyone out partying is being driven by a van driver, limo, executive car, taxi, etc. - they are making good decisions. As far as fatalities during that week or even injuries due to DUI accidents, they are almost non-existent in the past several years. But, to answer your question, yes the traffic division will be out in full force during Masters this year just like it was last year.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 02/01/14 - 08:42 pm
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DUI's, the biggest money

DUI's, the biggest money racket ever. One beer and you will register.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/14 - 08:48 pm
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Well, of course you'll

Well, of course you'll register, because you have alcohol in your blood.

Who would think otherwise?

Of course, people COULD just not drink and then drive, best way I know to not to get a DUI.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 02/01/14 - 09:56 pm
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Everyone that gets a DUI always says that...

I only had 2 beers. Don't drink and drive!!! Get a taxi or stay your butt home!!!

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 02/01/14 - 10:45 pm
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The DUI gig is just a scam...

The DUI gig is just a scam...It's used to generate cash for the government, lawyers, increase law enforcement budgets and justify high insurance rates. Plus it makes criminals out of people who otherwise wouldn't be. If they really wanted to stop DUI's, they would make every car "drunk proof". The technology is available and I'd much rather pay for a device than be subjected to these "check your papers" roadblocks.

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 02/02/14 - 02:37 am
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Gestapo

Gestapo tactics by a leader who has someone answer questions addressed to him in a tabloid.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/14 - 08:49 am
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"The DUI gig is just a

"The DUI gig is just a scam...It's used to generate cash for the government, lawyers, increase law enforcement budgets and justify high insurance rates"

Yeah, tell that to my boss who lost his 18 year old son. Tell that to a friend who's sister lost her husband and three kids.

You want to drink, fine.....just sober up enough not to register before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/14 - 08:51 am
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Navy Gary, I don't drink so

Navy Gary, I don't drink so why should I pay for the technology to "drunk proof" my car. You want to drink? Be responsible and don't drive....plenty of free rides available.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/02/14 - 09:00 am
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I think the way the RCSO is

I think the way the RCSO is doing this is the right way. You have to be driving poorly to get stopped. They are not doing the unconstitutional road checks where everyone has to answer questions and show their papers.

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 02/02/14 - 10:26 am
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willie Lee
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willie Lee 02/02/14 - 10:32 am
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Question?

Unpublished

Who will be checking the cops to make sure they are not driving under the influence of cocaine. I doubt if the "officer of the year" is the only one.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/14 - 10:55 am
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Bacon Grease, yeah I'd say

Bacon Grease, yeah I'd say BS. All this young man had to do was roll the window down so the officer could get a full view of his face and hands (as a safety precaution), he would have been on his way in a matter of minutes.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/02/14 - 11:12 am
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I agree with ICL completely.

I agree with ICL completely.

People that get DUI's do it to themselves. They're adults, they know the deal, they have nobody to blame but themselves.

Sophisticated
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Sophisticated 02/02/14 - 11:32 am
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I was astounded to hear how

I was astounded to hear how taxi companies are abusing patrons with meter fee start a $4.00 dollars soon as u get in the taxi.Someone need to probe Augusta taxi companies. They are robbing patrons who use taxi as a mean of traveling. It's cheaper to take a bus.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 02/02/14 - 11:37 am
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Use laser focused checkpoints

Setup a voluntary amnesty checkpoint within a parking lot within any Sports bar, or Night club. If the driver blows high they park it, or turn the driving over to a passenger that blows OK.

It would be interesting if the RCSO started documenting bars that Over-Serve and package stores contribute to the areas DUI's.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/02/14 - 12:46 pm
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Dittos Riverman

I thought the same thing when I read the article. This is the way you combat drunks, not in an unconstitutional dragnet. With heightened patrols, they can cite more dangerous/stupid drivers too.

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 02/02/14 - 01:15 pm
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search

So how will you feel when they kick in your door of your home? Whats the difference. You lay down like sheep not me.

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jimmymac 02/02/14 - 02:38 pm
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DUI

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God knows when I was younger I could easily have been pulled over for DUI. Thank the lord I never was nor was I involved in any accidents resulting in my actions. It's simple folks. If you must drink then stay home and party. I'm not talking about having a glass or two of wine at dinner I'm talking about pounding them down for a whole night and then hitting the roads. Be wise and stay home.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 02/02/14 - 02:42 pm
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Last time I check Bacon

Last time I check Bacon Grease, I'm not driving around in my home on the roads where it's illegal. You want to drink in your home, there's no law against it. You drink while operating a vehicle and you go to jail.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/02/14 - 05:32 pm
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I've never had the door to my

I've never had the door to my house kicked down, and to suggest that is going to happen is absurd.

It always amuses me when people blame the police for getting arrested, instead of saying "I broke the law, that's why I got arrested."

corgimom
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corgimom 02/02/14 - 05:33 pm
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They never do checkpoints on

They never do checkpoints on people's private property.

Don't like checkpoints? Don't drive your car on public roads.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 02/02/14 - 07:20 pm
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Wow CSRAGUY, we must be

Wow CSRAGUY, we must be experiencing two different Masters weeks! I don't know many of the local wannabes that have a limo driver.

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