Low DUI totals for New Years Eve

DUI Checkpoints

DUI Checkpoints

January 1, 2014/ News 12 First at Five


Richmond County deputies report only five arrests from checkpoints stationed throughout the county.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office placed several checkpoints throughout the county on New Year's Eve in the hopes of keeping drunk driving to minimum.

"The entire traffic division is working the county to do everything we can to make sure that everyone arrives home or safe to the party or church," said Lieutenant Lewis Blanchard of the Sheriff's office.

In total, only five people were arrested and charged with DUI from the checkpoints. But there were only two checkpoints; one on Jackson Road and another on Tobacco road.

Lt. Blanchard explained part of the reason for the low numbers, "There are so many options as far as the free taxis and the free service and people know we're going to be out in full force during New Years."

In fact, statistics show that low DUI totals are common for a New Year's Eve night.

"We understand that some people don't like what we're doing but at the same time we're doing what we have to do to keep people safe and the roadways are for everybody," added Blanchard.

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