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September 15, 2006

Doerun-- If you're planning to be on the road, look out. Law enforcemers from all over Southwest Georgia are teaming up to make sure drivers are following the rules.    

Traffic passed through the town of Doerun Friday night.  Many cars and buses were headed to a big football game but some drivers are had to make a surprise stop along the way.

"I just didn't know what was going on," says driver Alysha Askew. It's a road block.  It's creators? A special network of law enforcement officials from all over Southwest Georgia and they have goals.

"I hope we save some lives and promote safety," says Doerun Chief Randy Hill. And to reach those goals, they're looking for anything and everything.

"Suspended licenses, DUI's, no license," says Berlin Chief Jerry Evers. Some primary focuses are seatbelts and proper use of child safety restraints. "Georgia ranks as one of the highest states in the nation as far as serious injuries and fatalities due to people not wearing safety belts or improperly or not using child restraint seats," says Evers.

Violaters get a citation or get told to pull off to the side.  If you think you you can beat the road block by turning off of one of the side streets, think again. Law enforcement just might surprise you.  They could be in more than one location at the same time. 

"If it saves one life. It's worth it," says Evers. Although it takes a few minutes to get through the block many drivers agree. "It's good. Maybe it'll save somebody's life," says Askew.

So everyone needs to get their driver's license and proof of insurance ready.  You never know when or where the next roadblock will appear. Officials also set up roadblocks in Berlin and Norman Park.

The Southwest Georgia Traffic Networks sets up at different locations each month.

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