Sheriff’s Office cracks down on DUIs during holidays

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office went full force on DUIs the past few weeks.

From Dec. 7- 31, 2017 the department joined with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety to look for impaired drivers, focusing on Ga. 400 and streets immediately adjacent to the highway.

“Don’t chance it, as we will likely catch you,” Forsyth Sheriff Ron Freeman said. “There is no such thing as a DUI warning. If you are impaired you will be arrested. This is Forsyth County and we are better than this.”

As of Dec. 19, Forsyth County had recorded more than 37 DUI arrests for the month. Alpharetta saw 18 from Dec. 1-19.

Statistics through Oct. 31, 2017, show there have been 1,416 traffic fatalities in Georgia. Of that total, 589 were due to impaired drivers, accounting for 42 percent of all fatalities.

Lt. Doug French with Alpharetta said they were watching closely for anyone driving impaired, especially along Ga. 400.

“It is imperative we keep our roads and our traveler’s safe, not just during the holidays, but every day,” French said. “With more travelers on the roads we will likely see an increase in impaired driving. We are on high alert and we’ll be arresting anyone we catch breaking the law.”

This intensified enforcement is partially in response to the multiple injuries officers and deputies have endured from impaired drivers.

On Nov. 18, 2017, Forsyth Deputy 1st Class Rod Reeves was injured when his parked patrol car was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

Reeves was sitting in his marked patrol car on the shoulder of Ga. 400 north of Exit 12 working traffic enforcement when a 2005 Ford Explorer struck the rear of his patrol car and he became entrapped.

He received “serious and significant injuries, but they do not appear life threatening at this time,” according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. Reeves was transported to an area hospital.

In the following weeks, his peers held a “Bucket Drive” to raise funds for his medical care.

“We are so blessed here in Forsyth County,” Freeman said. “We know we have tremendous support from our community. We appreciate the support you’ve shown us every day and the support you’ve shown Deputy Reeves and his family.”

To donate to Reeves’ fund, visit badgeoffcso.org.


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