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Area law enforcement agencies step up patrols for holidays

CONYERS — Area residents who take to the roadways over the holiday period should keep in mind that local law enforcement agencies will have a sharp eye out for traffic troubles.

Officers with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office will be concentrating on traffic enforcement, specifically looking for traffic violations, according to Capt. Mike Ransom of the Field Services Bureau.

In particular, Ransom said deputies will be looking for impaired drivers. In addition to traffic patrols, deputies will conduct traffic safety checkpoints. He said drivers are reminded to be aware, drive sober and buckle up. Drivers with young children are encouraged to check the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety website at gahighwaysafety.org for current information on child passenger safety laws.

Ransom said the concentrated enforcement efforts will extend throughout the holiday season and into the new year.

“We know this is a busy time for everyone,” said Ransom. “We just want everyone to be safe on Rockdale County’s roadways.”

Covington Police Lt. Ken Malcom said the city’s traffic enforcement efforts will focus on speeders in areas with high traffic volume.

“You will also notice an increased presence of police vehicles in our shopping centers in Covington,” Malcom said. “This presence will hopefully deter reckless driving in these congested areas as well as deter thieves from breaking into vehicles.”

The Conyers Police Department will also step up enforcement efforts over the holidays.

“We are concentrating on crime prevention and enforcement with a squad of officers dedicated to the shopping district,” said Officer Kim Lucas. “The Special Operations unit is doing robbery and burglary suppression in these areas. Traffic Safety Checkpoints are scheduled for the 31st.”