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Several Winder Drivers Arrested for Traffic Violations

Winder police put the cuffs on at least three people last week for driving without a license, speeding, and messing with their tags.

Drivers without licenses, drivers without seat belts, and drivers with phony license plates were arrested by Winder Police last week.

According to Winder Police reports from Sept. 25:

  • An officer stopped a 1992 red Chevy truck on Griffith Street after noticing the vehicle did not have an operational tag light. The driver told the officer he didn't have a driver's license and said he had been arrested two weeks earlier for driving on a suspended license. The driver was handcuffed, cited for driving on a suspended license and no tag light, and transported to Barrow County Detention Center.
  • An officer on zone patrol of Athens Street and Midland Avenue saw a gold Ford F-150 with a California license plate cross the train tracks with the driver not wearing his seat belt. When the driver was stopped, he told the officer he did not have a driver's license. The driver was handcuffed, cited for seat belt violation and driving while unlicensed, and taken to the Barrow County Detention Center.
  • An officer clocked a 1996 Geo Metro going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone on Highway 53, headed east toward Highway 11. When stopped, the driver told the officer he didn't have his driver's license with him and that he had put his girlfriend's tag on the car because he'd been unable to get a title for the vehicle since buying it in August. The man was handcuffed, taken to Barrow County Jail, cited for speeding and affixing a tag to conceal the ID of a vehicle, and given a warning for the registration and no driver's license on person.

See also:

Barrow Docket Book for Sept. 24-27

Winder Police: YMCA Member's Actions Helped Uncover Entering Auto Crimes

Alison. Crook October 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM
In the last story about the Geo Metro, it stated that the driver was given a warning for no driver's license on person. What is the law? Why is this not consistently enforced?
Marne M October 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Alison -- No License on Person means that the person had a license, they just weren't carrying it at the time they were pulled over. Driving without a License means the person is not licensed to drive at all. The first offense results in a ticket or warning, the second results in an arrest.
Alison. Crook October 03, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I was in an accident on Sept 25 and the driver did not have license with her. She gave officer her DL # and he looked it up but gave no warning or citation. Can you tell me why?
Marne M October 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I can't speak for exactly why that officer made the decision that he did. But officers are not required to issue a citation, they can choose to give a verbal warning. Not having your license with you is a relatively minor issue, especially if a computer check shows that the person has a valid license, and it's commonly something for which an officer might simply give a verbal or written warning. It's not something that had any bearing on the accident or who was at fault. If she didn't have a license at all, she'd have gone to jail.

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