Mon., August 8, 2011 12:01am (EDT)

Georgia Roadblocks Outpace Neighbors
By Noel Brown
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia police conduct far more road block check points than neighboring states. Some critics say they infringe on the rights of motorists. (Image courtesy Andy Field)
Georgia police conduct far more road block check points than neighboring states. Some critics say they infringe on the rights of motorists. (Image courtesy Andy Field)
Last year Georgia had nearly 10,000 road blocks across the state. That’s more than 3 times the number in Alabama and Tennessee combined. Officials with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety say the stops help catch drunk drivers and reduce traffic deaths.

But Gary Biller with the National Motorists Association says the more than 80,000 roadblocks set up by Georgia’s state and local police over the last 4 years are simply too many.

However you cut it it’s a huge amount of stopping motorists, pretty much casting a wide net and looking for probable cause.

The Georgia State Patrol's Paul Cosper defends the large number of road blocks saying people who obey the law shouldn't worry.

"If they’re not doing anything wrong they don’t have nothing to worry about but if they’re going to consume alcoholic beverages and drugs than we’re going to locate those people."

Much of the money collected through fines and citations goes back to the state’s general fund.