BrunsCo. Sheriff's Deputies Target Reckless Drivers
WILMINGTON, NC (2009-01-15) The Brunswick County Sheriff's Offfice is catching more speeders and drunk drivers with the help of four new deputies.So far with the new deputies, the Sheriff's Office issued 171 citations in November and 210 in December. That's more than five times what's usually issued.
Chief Deputy Charlie Miller says many of the stops involve serious offenses.
"I don't mean inspection stickers or dead tags, I mean, they're stronger charges. They're DWIs, high speed, no insurance. Stuff that really affect me and you."
Miller also says they're patrolling roads big and small across the county.
"They're certified on the radar. The history of the Sheriff's Office is, Hey, they don't have radar, let's go 70 or 80 miles per hour on (Highway) 17 or Holden Beach Road.' That's not the case anymore."
The Governor's Highway Safety Program gave the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office a $400,000 grant to beef up patrols. When the grant runs out, it'll be up to the county commissioners to provide enough money to keep the new deputies on patrol.
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