Sheriff Reynolds advises the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted a weeklong safety initiative from July 2nd – July 6th. The Traffic Enforcement Unit was assisted by the K-9 Unit, Motor Unit, Reserve Unit, Cherokee Marshal’s Office and volunteers from Uniform Patrol Division who all showed exceptional teamwork in conducting the safety initiative.
During the week, the Traffic Enforcement Unit focused on the updated Distracted Driving Law, Hands Free Law, Following too Closely, Speeding, Safety Belts, and other violations. When conducting concentrated patrols it resulted in the following: Arrests – 7; Total Citations – 183; Total Warnings – 399; Hands Free Citations – 0; Hands Free Warnings – 122. The Traffic Enforcement Unit also conducted two Checkpoints on July 3rd and July 5th. During those two checkpoints a total of 1,794 cars were stopped which resulted in the following: DUI Arrest – 1; Drug Arrest – 7; Total Arrest – 17; Total Citations – 16; Total Warnings – 40.