The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, December 21, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Seven motorists were arrested and 115 summonses were issued Saturday night during a traffic checkpoint on U.S. 220 North.
Over 5,000 vehicles passed through the checkpoint from 8 to 12 p.m., according to Capt. Harry Clingenpeel with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
"We had a very successful night and accomplished our goal of letting residents know we are serious about enforcing the laws concerning DUI and traffic safety," Clingenpeel said. "We want to encourage everyone to drive safe, sober and responsibly this holiday season."
Arrests included one DUI, one refusal to take a breath test, two drunk in public, one felony unauthorized use of a vehicle and two marijuana possessions, Clingenpeel said.
The summonses included 12 expired registrations, 14 driving without a license in possession, 22 expired state inspections, nine driving without a license, 28 missing county decals, three vehicles without front license plates, one driving without registration, nine driving on suspended licenses, one driving with an expired license, one driving without insurance, 10 equipment violations, two child safety seat violations and one speeding.
The checkpoint was a joint operation of the sheriff's office, Virginia State Police, Rocky Mount Police Department, Virginia ABC, Rocky Mount Fire Department, Franklin County Public Safety and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
"This was a multi agency effort," said First Sgt. Mike Bailey with the Virginia State Police. "We are serious about highway safety and combine our efforts to make certain the roadways are safe during this holiday season."