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Area highways active, yet safe during holiday

January 3, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

It was a relatively smooth new year as far as illicit activity goes according to county and state law enforcement agencies.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said his department received a “pretty high” volume of calls, but of those none were emergency situations or violent in nature.
“Overall it was pretty good,” said Scott. “There were no major accidents.”
If it weren’t for the several church services that took place on the eve of the new year or day of, there’s no telling how much worse (if at all) the two-day holiday would have been, Scott said.
“We had several churches in the county that had stuff going on,” said Scott. “I think it helps. It’s a good sign for us. It’s a good feeling when you see more cars at the churches than the clubs. That’s a really good sign as far as the spirit of the community.”
But there wasn’t a large quantity of traffic, according to Scott.
The CCSD established one rolling roadblock, which accounted for a roadblock at four different locales at 30-minute to 1-hour intervals.
“Everybody that we came across either had a (designated driver) or was headed to church,” said Scott. “I was pleased with what I saw. Everybody’s pretty much being responsible.”

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