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DWI checkpoint nets a total of 41 charges
YOUNGSVILLE — Law enforcement agents combined last week in an effort to make Franklin County’s roads safer.

Officers with the Youngsville and Franklinton police departments, along with Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and officers with DMV’s License and Theft division, set up a DWI checkpoint the evening of Aug. 24 that netted 41 charges.

“The biggest thing for us,” said Youngsville Corp. J. Kimball, “is that we want to get drunk drivers off the street.

“We’re trying to get as many as we can,” he said. “And part of the issue is trying to keep accidents down and keep people from getting hurt.”

The effort led to one arrest for driving while impaired.

However, it’s not the only type of criminal that officers target.

Of the 41 charges, 16 drivers were cited for driving without a license or having a suspended license.

Also, five people were arrested on outstanding warrants.

“We do about one or two of these checkpoints a year,” Kimball said, noting that the efforts are aided by the state’s Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant.

“It gives a chance for all of the agencies to get together and work together.”

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