Approximately 40 uniformed officers representing 10 different law enforcement agencies fanned out over Morgan County last Friday, Sept. 17 as part of a statewide traffic control initiative.
According to Capt. Brandon Sellers, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the officers set up safety checkpoints at the intersections of Fairplay Road and Hestertown Road near Rutledge and simultaneously set up a safety check point at the intersection of Price Mill Road and Wellington Road in Bostwick. Both operations lasted approximately 90 minutes before the entire force then set up a safety check point on both the south and north bound lanes of the Madison by-pass at its intersection with East Avenue.
Sellers said the Sheriff’s Office was aided, in part, because the officers were in Morgan County as part of a monthly meeting of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Central Region Traffic Enforcement Network. The network, he said, included nine counties, including Greene County. Officers completed training on “courtroom testimony for traffic cases” before organizing and completing the safety checks.
Citations for DUI, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, driving while license suspended, child endangerment and seat belt violations were written during the operation.
More than 150 vehicles were stopped on the bypass in a 90-minute operation, Sellers said. “The big thing we are looking for, obviously, is impaired driving,” he said. In total, he said, 21 citations were issued. “We certainly think it’s a deterrent,” he said.