SAFE Team Cracks Down On Aggressive Drivers

A Johnston County Sheriff’s Office SAFE Team unmarked Ford Mustang was among the patrol cars used in enforcement efforts Friday and Saturday night on Highway 70.

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.


  1. Good job. Would like to see that done frequently. There are too many who disregard the laws blatantly.

  2. Absolutely keep at it.
    This very day I had some young white guy doing all he could to run me off road.
    First time ever for me.
    It was amazingly dangerous.

  3. Is this the same sheriff’s department that just paid out +$1M to settle an accident caused by a deputy’s aggressive driving? #hypocrites

    • So what is your point?
      Are you saying the sheriffs department should not go after aggressive drivers?
      or are you just to being cynical??

      • I’m showing that the Sheriff’s department is full of “do as I say, not as I do” attitude and that they should clean up their own house first. It is hard to take Bizzell seriously when he says things like “…disregard for public safety of the motoring public…” when his very own deputies are some of the worst offenders!

    • Mark, yes you are correct. The same ones that let Meth heads out of jail. The same ones who give warnings to uninsured, stolen tags and no drivers license. How dangerous would it be if an uninsured motorist, hit a family? NO DIFFERENCE. But, alot of these arrest were based off of “Visual Speed” determination and not radar. Due Process and Radars are needed. No Deputy can Visually Clock and call it speeding. Some of these arrest won’t fly in court, just trying to make JoCo look good. #hypocrites #Endofthemonth

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