CONYERS — The Georgia State Patrol is putting an extra focus on drunk drivers along I-20 with a newly formed task force to target impaired drivers. GSP Troop E will patrol the troop's 21 assigned counties that run along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.
Currently, 11 troopers are assigned to the task force, who are located at patrol posts in Monroe, Madison, Washington, Milledgeville and Grovetown.
The task force will deploy at least once a month to different counties within the Troop E territory for concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The task force will also work closely with local law enforcement agencies to support their DUI enforcement efforts.
The first deployment of the task force was last weekend, Sept 12 and 13.
On Friday night the task force teamed up with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, where troopers made 25 DUI arrests, and on Saturday night the task force traveled to McDuffie County making an additional seven DUI arrests, according to the GSP. Future patrols are being planned for Oglethorpe and Walton counties.
“These troopers have shown great aptitude for DUI enforcement in the past,” said Troop E Commander Capt. Allen Marlowe.
All have received Standardized Field Sobriety Training (S.F.S.T) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Training (A.R.I.D.E.). Four of these troopers have also been trained as a Drug Recognition Experts (D.R.E.) and one as a D.R.E. Instructor.
“This is a collateral duty for each of the troopers who will continue to perform his daily assigned tasks on patrol,” Marlowe said.