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Johnston Deputies Take Proactive Approach To Protect Streets

Posted December 21, 2004 4:52 a.m. EST

— Sheriff deputies in Johnston County are trying to get people who should not be driving off the streets before someone gets hurt.

During the Christmas week, the Sheriff's Aggressive Field Enforcement Team or SAFE are setting up roadblocks. On Tuesday, deputies were on Highway 301 in Micro. The next day, they will be somewhere else in Johnston County.

"Moving around the county, day and night, no one knows where we are going to be next," Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said.

The SAFE Team was developed for the holiday season to find drunks and drug users on the roads. In a season when holiday parties can happy at anytime, the team is designed to keep people safe day and night.

In the 13 days the SAFE team has been on the streets, deputies have charged 187 people. While some of the violations are minor, other are much more serious. One man sped away from a roadblock and was caught with crack cocaine. Another man was arrested for a third DWI.

Bizzell believes the team is also preventing home invasions and other crimes because of its visible presence on country roads. The SAFE team will operate through Jan. 3.