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Hiram Road Checks Lead to Arrests

Hiram Police with the help of several nearby agencies made two dozen arrests Friday night and early Saturday.

Two roadblocks over the span of about eight hours led to officers making about two dozen arrests in Hiram. Those arrests were the culmination of the Hiram Police Department’s partnership with its Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network sister organizations this past Friday night.

“It was very productive,” Hiram Police Chief Gary Yandura said Tuesday afternoon. “I think we actually made physical arrests on 24 people, everything ranging from DUIs to drug possession and things like that, and I believe over 50 citations were also written.

“[This] just shows that I think all the police departments cooperated with one another,” he added, “and we’re just trying to do our job, which is keep everyone else safe out there.”

Authorities set up two roadblocks—one at Highway 278 at the Cobb-Paulding line, the other at Highway 92 at Hiram Sudie Road—with Yandura saying that nine of the 24 arrests occurred at the latter roadblock in about the first two hours of the eight-hour crackdown, which began about 8 p.m. Friday and ran until 4 a.m. Saturday.

You can see a video feature on authorities' safety checks, courtesy Angela Wingers of Wingers Media, attached to this article.

Yandura says that while , authorities also perform road checks without giving the public advance warning.

“We always try to advertise that we’re going to be doing safety checks and road checks, it’s one of the legal requirements. However, there’s a big push by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety now … over the weekend, Atlanta Police Department along with the Georgia State Patrol was doing what they call ‘Rolling Thunder,’” Yandura said. “Ours was a small part of that, and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety now is starting up a ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign, and we’ll be doing the same thing.

“There are some nights where we do spot checks, especially around the areas where we have high accidents. We like choosing areas where we have a high accident rate to eliminate hopefully the accidents and injuries, and we’ve had three fatalities in the past six months. What they’re actually pushing now, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and Atlanta Police Department, they actually went into areas where they have a high crime rate, and it’s a nationally proven statistic that traffic stops actually clear up a lot of the crime.” 

Amanda November 23, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I'm all for getting drunk drivers off our roads, with that said, I'm also all for using our tax dollars conservatively and in a smart manner. I hope that the whole 24 arrests that were made, more than pay for all the man power and use of a helicopter. A helicopter, in Hiram-come on.
DD July 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I agree that people die or kill other from driving under the influence but is it honestly necessary to use this much man power (money) for there to be road block? What's with the helicopter and trailer? I've been through many road blocks in my life and NEVER seen this much money spent on one. I think if this many resources are going to be used, they should have picked a better location of than... Dallas! How long was the road block in place to need a trailer??? I would think if they had an arrest, another officer could transport them as needed!
Jon Gargis (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 03:32 AM
DD, I could be wrong, but I think the traffic enforcement network goes around to areas in its members' jurisdictions every once in a while. In doing this, authorities can be more visible to drivers and hopefully encourages them to slow down, refrain from drinking and driving, and more. Is the helicopter excessive? I'm not sure, but as a taxpayer, I'd rather it be used on a regular basis than have it sit in a hangar. And I will point out that this happened in Hiram, not Dallas.
Dominique Huff February 10, 2013 at 06:05 AM
I know I am late to the party but Yandura pulled these same antics in College Park. Hence the reason why he was FIRED in 2009 after 9 years of his crap. Old National-Godby Road became ridden with crime while Yandura focused on traffic enforcement. College Park was labeled by the AJC for two years in a row of having the most crime in Metro Atlanta and guess who was the chief. Hiram, we tried to warn you

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