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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Law enforcement crews were out on South Georgia roads tracking down drunk drivers and other traffic violators. 11:00 Friday night, Dougherty County Police set up a road block at Radium Springs and Redbud Road.

Police officers, sheriff's deputies, and state troopers from twelve counties in Southwest Georgia are working together to keep innocent drivers safe and to put dangerous ones where they need to be.

Lieutenant Tom Jackson and other officers set up a rush hour road check on North Westover Boulevard. Dougherty County police set up road checks on the 3100 block of MLk Jr. Drive, and Mobile and Mitchell Avenue.

"That's the only thing," said driver Leneury Betances. "I had to wait a while like 30 minutes."

Officers are checking for suspended licenses (the most common violation), seat belt violators, drugs, alcohol, and car insurance.

"The worst thing you want is someone who's uninsured to hit you," Lt. Jackson said. "Your insurance has to pay for your vehicle to be fixed. " 

Police pulled over Towanda Wright. They thought her daughter Lauren's car seat wasn't installed properly. It turns out it was.

"I bought a manual to read to make sure she's strapped down correctly," Wright said.

Officers still wanted to take precautions. In doing that, one car was towed for having a suspended license.

That's a minor case, but drinking and driving on a Friday night could make situations a lot worse.

"It's our job to make the public safe. We need to identify people who shouldn't be on the roadway. Those are the ones who are having wrecks and hurting family members," Lt. Jackson said.

It's their job to keep loved ones safe by pulling traffic violators off the road. Dougherty County police made 49 uniform citations Friday night. They made four drug arrests, two DUI arrests, and three suspended licenses. Next month's traffic enforcement network will continue in Baker County.


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