Five arrested in NCSO roadblocks
Deputies issue 34 additonal tickets
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.