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Police to conduct vehicle checkpoints in Athens

By Joe Johnson

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department this month will conduct vehicle checkpoints on local roadways in conjunction with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

According to department policy, the checkpoints will be publicized via social media by and by press release.

“Traffic enforcement, along with education, is an effective way to reduce speed and prevent

crashes. We hope these checkpoints will encourage drivers to slow down, focus on driving, and not drive impaired,” said Sgt. Vincent Schill, a member of the ACCPD Traffic Unit and organizer of the checkpoints

The checkpoints are scheduled to operate on July 21 from 8 p.m. t8 midnight.

For officer safety reasons the specific locations of the checkpoints will not be announced in advance of the opening, according to police.

After the operation, a media release and social media post will detail the activity. Also, while having contact

with drivers, officers will hand out an educational flyers with local statistics and that addresses why

ACCPD conducts vehicle checkpoints.

Additional ACC traffic data is available at our transparency website:

The commander of the Traffic Unit is Lt. Jay Butt, 762-400-7090,

and the checkpoint organizer is Sgt. Vincent Schill, 762-400-7092, .

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