2007-09-26 / For The Record

Highway 56 roadblock shows safer drivers

By Elizabeth Billips Associate Editor

Police checked nearly 600 vehicles during a four-hour roadblock Friday night, but only four people were arrested - and none for drugs or alcohol.

"That's a good thing," said Waynesboro Police Sgt. Mike Johnson who coordinated the safety check on Highway 56 South. "I think these (periodic) roadblocks are making a difference.

In all, only 20 violations were catalogued, ranging from toodark window tint to babies not in car seats.

Of the four drivers arrested, three were non-U.S. citizens who were driving without having gotten their licenses.

Several agencies assisted with the roadblock, including the Wrens Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Blythe Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff's Department's HEAT and K-9 units.

Sgt. Johnson said drivers should expect more roadblocks this fall.

"We're not going to go away," he said. "We're going to stay on top of it."

Those arrested were:

• Fransisco Hernandez, 36, of Blythe: no driver's license;

• Ernesto Garcia, 65, of Millen: no driver's license;

• Nabor Delgado, 36, of Millen: no driver's license; and

• Sherza Denise Jones, 33, of Stockbridge: driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle with suspended registration.

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