Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell had members of the SAFE Team patrol Highway 70 on Friday and Saturday night looking for speeders and aggressive drivers in an attempt to make our roadways safer.
“I had the S.A.F.E. Team assigned to patrol U.S. Highway 70 and these results are somewhat astounding and represent a disregard for public safety of the motoring public that are traveling on our Johnston County roadways,” said Sheriff Bizzell.
Some of those charged included a 19 year-old male on motorcycle charged with speeding 120 mph in a 55 mph zone, reckless driving, driving without a license, and felony fleeing to elude arrest. The motorcycle was seized under the Run And You’re Done Law.
A 22 year-old man was charged with speeding 125 mph in a 55 mph zone, reckless driving, driving with no headlights, and felony fleeing to elude arrest. His vehicle was seized under the Run And You’re Done Law.
A 20 year old man was charged with speeding 113 mph in a 60 mph zone and reckless driving. And a 48 year-old man was charged with speeding 90 mph in a 60 mph zone, driving while impaired, and driving on a revoked license.
Altogether, Sheriff Bizzell said 46 speeding tickets were issued, 5 for no operator license, 4 reckless driving, 4 driving on a revoked license, 4 drug charges, 2 felony fleeing to elude, one driving while impaired, and one wanted person was arrested. 45 others received warning tickets, 3 for inspection violations, 3 for registration violations, and one for having an open container.
County Commissioner Tony Braswell posted on Facebook that he rode along with SAFE team deputies. He encouraged motorists to drive responsibility.