DUI Task Force
The DUI Task Force is directed by Sergeant Danny Whitehead. Established in 1992, this unit's sole and primary function is the detection and apprehension of intoxicated drivers operating on the roadways within Richmond County.
The overall objective of the task force is to reduce highway fatalities through diligent enforcement of DUI laws. The DUI Task Force averages more than 100 arrests each month and has one of the highest conviction rates in the State of Georgia. Each member of the task force is specially trained in the use of radar, standardized field sobriety testing, and operation of the Intoxilyzer. Additionally, the DUI Task Force members receive training in DUI / drug detection and advanced aspects of DUI law.
The five members of the DUI Task Force operate the Sheriff's Office DUI Van. This van is equipped with a state-of-the-art Mobile Breathalyzer unit. Violators are taken to the van and tested. If the results are positive, the violator is transported to jail in the van. Warrant and driving records checked are also performed in the van.
The van allows deputies to process offenders more quickly without having to drive all the way to the jail. Road patrol deputies drive their cars to a central location on the side of the road and commit offenders to the task force members operating the van. This vehicle greatly reduces the downtime of the field forces and enables the task force to remain on the streets.
The van can hold as many as 10 DUI suspects before having to transfer them to the jail.