The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office netted more than a dozen DUI offenders during a five-hour period Friday, but that might be a positive sign, the department said.
In a news release Saturday, the department said the arrests resulted from road checks at three locations: Richmond Hill, Washington and Furys Ferry roads.
While the number is still uncomfortably high, deputies noticed a dramatic decline from arrests during Operation Thunder, a 90-day initiative last year by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to crack down on traffic violations and fatalities.
Deputies arrested 13 people for DUI on July Fourth, according to the release, while some nights during Operation Thunder saw as many as 40 arrests.
“Typically, during a Fourth of July weekend over 50 percent of crashes are directly related to alcohol consumption,” the release said. “As of Saturday, July 5, at 3 p.m., Richmond County roadways have not had any crashes resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.”
There were 55 citations issued Friday for children who weren’t in child safety seats. Police also made three misdemeanor drug arrests and served three felony warrants at the traffic stops. Deputies stopped 19 people driving on a suspended license.
The sheriff’s office announced that it will continue to work in tandem with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia State Patrol through Sunday in an effort to combat offenders with an increased presence.