Polk County GOHS road check

Police agencies from around Northwest Georgia had drivers stopped on Ga. 101 at Burton’s Store in Polk County checking licenses, insurance information, seat belts and child restraints in a Governor’s Office of Highway Safety checkpoint on March 16 in the Aragon area.

Kevin Myrick

Drivers who approached Burton's Store on Highway 101 outside of Aragon last week were met with a surprise: officers from several agencies in Northwest Georgia conducting field checks for various issues.

Polk County hosted the latest regional meeting for the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, organized locally by Polk County Police Officer Andy Anderson with the help of Officer Jon Jones.

A number of law enforcement agencies took part in a meeting of the Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network, made up of police departments from Whitfield, Catoosa, Dade, Walker, Murray, Gordon, Bartow, Floyd, Polk, and Chattooga counties.

Officers from Polk County Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Aragon Police, Georgia State Patrol, and officers from Rome, Calhoun, Dalton and even the Ringgold Police Departments were among those participating in the road check on March 16, held after officials held a training day on traffic enforcement issues and treated to a meal catered by Rome's Chick-fil-A.

Officers took nine people into custody on a variety of charges including a trio of misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, along with violations such as driving with a suspended license or insurance. Citations were also issued several drivers for not having proper child restraints, or failing to wear their seat belts.