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LawCo Sheriffs Office breaks down traffic stops for 2012

Friday, January 4, 2013

Members of the Lawrence County Police Department made a total of 1,917 stops in 2012, resulting in 322 citations issued to motorists and 97 arrests.

The top reasons for motorist stops for the year included 1,292 moving violations, 342 equipment violations, 192 license violations and 116 investigative stops.

Moving violations included 970 speeding reports, 191 lane violations, six people were following too close, and 26 failed to signal.

Officers issued a total of 322 citations and 1,432 warnings.

Most of the violations reported took place by drivers between the ages of 40 and over, totaling 711 stops. The second highest age group to be stopped were those between the ages of 18 to 29, with 699 stops, followed by those age 30 to 39 with 429 stops and 18 years and under with a total of 78 stops.

Almost two-thirds of the total stops were made on male drivers. Men were stopped 1,250 times, compared to 667 stops involving women.

Officers conducted a total of 159 searches during traffic stops in 2012. Of those, 19 were of drivers only, 25 were of property only, and 115 were of both driver and property.

Patrol officers conducted 92 consent searches, 28 inventory searches, 17 drug or alcohol odor searches, 11 plain view contraband searches and five searches involving suspicion of weapons.

Officers recovered 51 articles of contraband or paraphernalia and five weapons for the year. A total of 26 outstanding warrants were resolved during traffic stops in 2012. A total of 12 stops led to the discovery of contraband.

Most stops were less than 15 minutes in duration.

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