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Flowery Branch police may do more traffic checkpoints following 5 arrests, 28 citations

Flowery Branch Police arrested five and wrote 28 citations during a weekend traffic checkpoint.

Officers conducted the checkpoint between 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the intersection of Gaines Ferry and McEver roads.

“We did what we intended to do. We got a few drunk drivers off the road,” Police Chief David Spillers said Monday, Oct. 15.

Officer Matthew Mahathey previously told The Times the effort was intended to “increase overall roadway safety and to gain voluntary compliance” of Georgia traffic laws.

The results of the checkpoint are as follows:

  • 3 arrests for DUI

  • 2 arrests for misdemeanor drug violations

  • 2 citations for no insurance

  • 6 citations for driving without a driver’s license on person

  • 4 citations for driving while driver’s license suspended or revoked

  • 1 citation for no seat belt

  • 2 citations for children not in safety seat

  • 2 citations for equipment violations

  • 11 citations for other violations

“It was a little surprising to me, though, that it was so heavily advertised and it didn’t seem to make any difference,” Spillers said.

Police were working with Georgia State Patrol, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Hall County Fire Services.

Spillers said he may do similar checkpoints in the future.

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