The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office conducted its annual license check the day before Thanksgiving again this year. Every year the Sheriff’s Office teams up with the Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network (CATEN) and other local agencies to ensure that our holiday travels are as safe as possible. This is usually the busiest license and safety check of the year and this year was no different despite the current pandemic situation.

Setting up at the intersection of highways 121 and 4 at Racepond, law enforcement conducted the special detail from afternoon on Wednesday the 25th until ten that evening. Agencies from all around the south Georgia area, and even one from Florida, helped with the detail and the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank them all for their assistance in keeping our roads and highways safe. Present at the detail were officers and deputies from the following agencies: Charlton County, Brantley County, Glynn County, Camden County, Liberty County, Darien PD, Alma PD, Nahunta PD, Lawtey Florida PD, Hoboken PD, Georgia State Patrol, and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Law enforcement officers verified hundreds of licenses, issued dozens of citations, and made thirty arrests. The following citations and warrants were issued: Misdemeanor marijuana possession – 21, Possession of drug related objects – 9, Felony controlled substance – 6, Driving while license suspended and DUI – 5, No license on person, No tag on vehicle, and suspended registration – 2, Driving without a license, No insurance, No seat belt, Open container of alcohol, Prescription pill not kept in original container, and Possession of a sawed off shotgun – 1.

The hard work put in by the deputies and officers at special details such as this license and safety check is aimed at keeping our roads and highways as safe as possible. Discouraging driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and encouraging proper use of seat belts are the main goals of these types of checks, but as can be seen by the above citations, taking drugs off of the streets is bonus to the effort. Every life saved by promoting highway safety is worth all the time and effort spent on planning and executing these details.

“I’d like to thank every one of the dedicated officers and deputies who provided assistance,” said Sheriff Dobie Conner. “It takes a tremendous amount of work and planning to do something like this and none of it would be possible without these other agencies helping out. Also, I’d like to give some recognition to our jailers. The amount of work it takes to process thirty arrests cannot be overstated. Their hard work makes certain that anyone arrested on a check like this is processed as quickly as possible and anyone who can bond out is able to do so in a timely manner. We’d like to think that all this work saves lives and guarantees safe travels for everyone visiting family and loved ones for the holidays. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and CATEN specifically, allows us to use their mobile facility to process any arrests and we could not be more grateful for all of their help.” The Sheriff also added his wishes for all the County’s citizens to have a safe and happy holiday. “Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New year’s. There are just so many holidays in the last part of the year and this can lead to increased traffic and stress. I hope that everyone is able to slow down and appreciate the special meaning of time with family and friends, even it that’s just a phone call or facetime this year. A holiday season where my deputies and Chief Green’s officers don’t have to work any accident scenes is a successful holiday.”