Police set up traffic stops on the night of Jan. 20 in an attempt to suppress crime in Macon. Twenty-eight arrests were made along with 126 citations issued and 48 warnings. Over half of the arrests were drug related. According to a statistics report released by Macon Police there were 10 DUI’s, 27 minor vehicle registration suspensions, 17 for driving with suspended licenses among the many offences.
The traffic stops were located at Guy Paine Road and Montpelier Avenue and among other key locations.
The police forces set up traffic barriers and imposed more police authority in specific places of violent crime. The operation included squad cars, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter, transport vans, mobile intoxilizer and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety mobile detention trailer. Police units included Macon, State Patrol and a unit from Byron.
“We are searching for the worst of the worst -- violent criminals who threaten the safety of our community,” said Police Chief Mike Burns, in a press release.
According to the Macon Telegraph, the police kept up the road checks until late into the night. The suppression involved two phases “swarm and saturate” violent crime area, and perform road checks.
Some Macon residents agreed with the police in doing this, while others were not so enthused. Many claimed they felt intimidated to drive for fear of being pulled over by a squad of police cars. Those who supported the crime suppression efforts felt that police should continue doing more in the future to help lower the crime rate in Macon.
This is not the first time Macon Police have made a charge at deterring violent crime. A similar crackdown occurred in November 2011 involving Georgia State Patrol, the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.