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Authorities turn up the HEAT
Checkpoints lead to arrests, citations
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Forsyth County News

Drivers in Forsyth County over the weekend may have noticed a ramped up law enforcement presence as agencies across northeast Georgia kicked off the 100 Days of Summer HEAT campaign.

The Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic campaign is “a multi-jurisdictional highway safety enforcement strategy designed to reduce fatal crash counts during the summer driving period,” according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

In Forsyth County, the sheriff’s office and Georgia State Patrol set up seven safety checkpoints, according to a report from Sgt. Bill Loring.

The checkpoints led to five arrests for driving under the influence and several citations, including three each for driving on suspended licenses and child restraint violations.

In addition, five drivers were cited for seatbelt violations and six for not having a license, Loring wrote.

The state patrol also arrested a previously deported felon wanted for “a dangerous drug offense out of Oregon,” he wrote.

Also, aggressive seatbelt enforcement across the county led to 26 citations for no seatbelt and three citations for child restraint violations within a 90-minute span Friday night, Loring wrote.

Checkpoints were set up at the following intersections: Kelly Mill and Post roads; Hwys. 369 and 306; Heardsville and Hurt Bridge roads; Hwy. 53 at Providence Lake Road; Pilgrim Mill and Holtzclaw roads; and Ga. 400 northbound at Martin Road.