Operation Thunder yields arrests in Dougherty County

Weekend campaign conducted to crack down on dangerous drivers

ALBANY — The Governors Office of Highway Safety conducted a mini-Operation Thunder campaign in Albany and Dougherty County over the weekend to help crack down on dangerous drivers, resulting in dozens of arrests and citations, officials with GOHS said.

The three-night operation in partnership with the Georgia State Patrol, Albany Police Department and Dougherty County Police Department was conducted Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The results from Albany and Dougherty County over the weekend were as follows:

— Seat belt citations: 15

— Child seat warnings: 6

— Child seat citations: 49

— Reckless driving citations: 1

— Uninsured citations: 5

— Driving under the influence citations: 101

— Suspended license citations: 32

— Other warnings: 1

— Other citations: 58

— Drug arrests: 15

— Felony arrests: 10

— Fugitives apprehended: 1

The Thunder task force, officials with the GOHS say, is a specialized traffic enforcement effort designed to help cities and counties throughout Georgia combat increases in traffic injuries, crashes and fatalities as well as other specific, high-risk behaviors like speeding and drunk driving.

These road checks typically occur in a community’s high traffic corridors, so strategies during Operation Thunder usually include assigning concentrated patrols to state routes, rural roads and interstate highways throughout the campaign, officials say.

Officials with GOHS also said that personnel also conduct safety belt and sobriety road checks as well as speed patrols while collecting enforcement data to document life-saving progress.

“The Thunder Task Force is a high-visibility, traffic enforcement team,” said Powell Harrelson, GOHS law enforcement services director. “A significant part of the Thunder Task Force is educating local citizens regarding changes they need to make in their driving behavior to further reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. We have a proven track record with improving traffic safety in communities where the task force visits.”