Valdosta Daily Times

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February 19, 2013

Roadblocks result in multitude of citations

VALDOSTA — Roughly 130 citations were issued this past weekend as officers filtered traffic through a collection of roadblocks from Friday night through the early hours of Saturday morning, according to Lowndes County Sheriff's officials.

Officers issued citations for nine seat-belt violations, 18 child restraint violations, two window tint infractions, 15 cases of invalid license, 10 suspended license charges, seven driving under the influence arrests, four underage consumption charges, three cases of invalid insurance, two marijuana offenses, two cocaine offenses, six wanted felons arrested, two stolen gun charges, two charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and 57 miscellaneous offenses, according to reports.

The effort was supported by 152 patrol cars, one lifeflight helicopter and one Georgia State Patrol chopper from Perry that was fitted with a spotlight and thermal support through FLIR (Forward Looking

Infrared-Imaging Systems), according to Deputy Mike Adams of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

“We were impressed with the turnout from the other law enforcement agencies,” said Adams. “The FICA (Fatalities Injuries Crashes Accidents) were actually down on Friday and Saturday, but the statistics from the roadblocks were about what we'd normally see.”  

Sheriff Chris Prine said he appreciated the participation from the other agencies with included the Valdosta Police Department, the Department of Natural Resources, the Madison County Sheriff's Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Prine said the group shut down the roadblocks at around 4 a.m. Saturday morning and attributes the operation's success to Adams.

“We had a pretty successful night, despite the fact that the roadblocks had been broadcast on the news before we started up,” said Prine. “We were there for the sole purpose of getting drunks off of the streets. And I can't say enough about Mike and his work ethic. He got in touch with all of the participating agencies and really pulled this thing together.”

Over 41 law enforcement agencies took part in the Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network (SRTEN) meeting and banquet Friday evening before the roadblocks were in place, according to Adams. SRTEN is one of the Georgia Office of Highway Safety’s 16 regions.

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