Richmond holiday arrests double

A Memorial Day weekend crackdown on traffic violations in Richmond County netted 128 speeders, 18 drunk drivers and more than twice as many arrests as a year ago, according to Sgt. Pete Lamb of the Sheriff’s Office.

The numbers reflect increased enforcement since Friday, including 92 speeding tickets issued by deputies on Monday alone as of 7 p.m., Sgt. Lamb said.

Overall, speeding citations decreased from 170 in 2008 to 128 this year. Also down were the number of drivers ticketed for not wearing a seat belt. That improved from 45 to 19.

Richmond County deputies this year also served two felony and six misdemeanor arrest warrants, according to Sgt. Lamb. A total of 37 people were arrested compared with 16 in 2008.

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