CCCPCC releases checkpoint arrests

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition has made it a goal to sponsor checkpoints to keep alcohol and drugs out of the hands of local teens.

During its year-end checkpoints, 111 were conducted.

CCCPCC director Susan Short said these checkpoints are funded through the coalition’s strategic prevention framework state incentive grant, which is administered through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

“Key findings are that alcohol compliance checks (roadside checkpoints) are a deterrent for youth drinking while driving or riding with a drinking driver and are in line with national data,” Short said. “Social media chatter and word-of-mouth information about compliance check sites spread rapidly in Covington County and a canvassing of the community confirms this kept individuals from drinking and driving during the period of the compliance checks or at least actively avoiding the areas of the checkpoints.”

The following arrests were made:

• Adult public intoxication, 3;

• Adult possession of marijuana I and II, 91:

• Adult possession of drug paraphernalia, 86;

• Adult prescription pills, 11;

• Minor in possession of marijuana I and II, 59;

• Minor in possession of drug paraphernalia, 60;

• Minor in consumption/possession of alcohol, 61;

• Minor in possession of heroin, 3;

• Minor in possession of cocaine, 2;

• Traffic tickets, 272.

Short said a spring break round of checkpoints will be funding beginning in the coming days.