Five ar­rested in NCSO road­blocks

Deputies is­sue 34 ad­di­tonal tick­ets

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

Fri­day night was a bad one for traf­fic vi­o­la­tors in New­ton County as mem­bers of the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ar­rested five and handed out 34 tick­ets at two road­blocks.

NCSO traf­fic unit com- man­der Sgt. Randy Downs headed up the road­blocks, which we re de­signed to make the roads of the county safer.

“I think we have al­ready made a dif­fer­ence,” Downs said. “Peo­ple see our cruis­ers and slow down. That is what we want. We’re not in it for the tick­ets. We want to make the roads safe.”

Ten deputies, three de­ten­tion of­fi­cers and an in­tox­i­lyzer spe­cial­ist joined the traf­fic unit for the road­blocks. Deputies work­ing the road blocks were vol­un­teers and not part of the nor­mal group of deputies on duty pa­trolling the streets.

“Th­ese guys want to do some­thing good for the com­mu­nity,” Downs said of the deputies.

The first road­block be­gan around 7:15 p.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of Dixie Road and Ga. High­way 142. Two peo­ple were re­cently killed in an auto ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion.

“We pick lo­ca­tions based on traf­fic prob­lems and high crime ar­eas,” Downs said.

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