Hundreds ticketed in traffic operation
Agencies issue more than 440 tickets; final count due today



Local law enforcement agencies put the brakes on hundreds of speeders over the weekend during a countywide traffic crackdown that concluded early Sunday.

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the Columbus Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol in an effort to catch speeders, drivers under the influence and other such traffic offenders by setting up checkpoints and executing traffic stops throughout Columbus.

Although the official number of tickets issued over the course of the 20-hour operation wasn't available Sunday, law enforcement agencies had handed out 413 tickets and made 18 arrests by 5 p.m. Saturday. Increased traffic enforcement ended Sunday at 4 a.m., though Muscogee County Sheriff Ralph Johnson said motorists will see similar operations in the future.

Sheriff's Office Maj. Joe McCrea said his deputies wrote approximately 35 more tickets between 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday.

"We won't have the numbers from (Georgia State Patrol) until the morning," McCrea said Sunday afternoon.

Local residents' concerns regarding speeders and drivers under the influence have been flooding into the sheriff's office in recent months. In an effort to address those complaints plus refocus area drivers' attention on traffic safety before the beginning of a new school year, the Sheriff's office organized the joint effort. Between the three agencies involved, there were an additional 48 units on the streets of Columbus during the operation.
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