News 12 First at Five, May 29, 2007
Richmond Co., GA---Richmond County deputies spent the holiday weekend patrolling the roads to make the highways safer, giving out more than 400 tickets.
Deputy Larry Thigpen says he wrote 18 speeding tickets on Memorial Day and two for seatbelt violations. "The excuse I usually hear is that they weren't aware it was a construction zone but you have two miles of orange barrels and signs that say it's a construction zone," he said.
In all deputies caught 200 drivers speeding on either Interstate 20 or on the Bobby Jones Expressway. A total of 27 people were arrested for driving under the influence and 94 ticketed for not wearing their seatbelts.
"Everyone's always in a rush if they'd just slow down and be considerate of everyone else, a lot of the accidents would never happen," Thigpen said.
If you're wondering how much of the money collected from those tickets comes back to the city, the solicitor says roughly 80% will make its way back in one way or another. Here's a look at those numbers:
200 speeders x $140 = $28,000
27 DUI's x $651 = 17, 577
94 seatbelt violations x $15 = $1,410
10 suspended licenses x $700 = $7,000
TOTAL = $53,987