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Operation Thunder Rolls Back Into Richmond County: How Many DUI Arrests On Night One?

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Richmond County, GA -

Operation Thunder has rolled back into town - and officers were -very- busy kicking off their first night of holiday safety season.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested at least 30 people for DUI's Saturday night at several road blocks.

Investigators say November and December were the worst months for traffic fatalities last year.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety and other agencies plan to set up their own checkpoints over the next several weeks.

There are some things you can do to make it easier on yourself if you get stopped:

"Leave your seat belt on, just stay relaxed as the officer approaches," Lt. Lewis Blanchard said.  "Roll down your window for them. Hand them your driver's license, proof of insurance and that information, generally speaking you're going to have an interaction with the officer for less than 60 seconds."

Another piece of advice:  Do not pull a U-turn. You will be pulled over and possibly arrested.

In addition to the 30 DUI arrests,  there were also 39 child restraint violations, five marijuana cases, and 19 people driving with suspended licenses.

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