According to BCSO information, the patrol division has held several highway safety checks throughout the county.
BCSO Public Information Officer Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said the checks were concentrated around Lake Allatoona and the southern portion of the county following citizen complaints, traffic safety issues and deputy concerns.
The department arrested nine people for suspended licenses, eight on drug charges and four fugitives were apprehended. The Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force was involved in one arrest, which included a weapon, drugs and a large amount of cash.
Among the citations issued were five for expired tags, two for an expired license, five seat belt violations, five for child restraint, three open containers and one for driving under the influence.
Ahead of the holiday season, the sheriff’s office operates more safety checks in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
“I think they conduct these to combat the impaired driving whether it be drinking or drugs. I think that’s more prevalent during the holiday time of the year,” Rogers said. “Drinking and driving, people have holiday parties and people have more time off from work and more prone to go to these place where they do more drinking or something they wouldn’t normally do through the regular part of the year. So the holidays might lead to more of that.”