Sheriff Gentry to citizens: Slow down

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Lt. Erik Ryan performs a traffic stop Thursday on County Road 222. / CCSO

CULLMAN COUNTY – According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) patrol deputies will be out in force along County Road 222 during the month of July and part of August to help enforce traffic laws along that stretch of roadway.

The CCSO has received complaints from citizens from Brushy Pond, Crane Hill and up to Trimble about people speeding, texting and driving, passing on double yellow lines and other dangerous activity, read a statement from the department, which also stated a surge in the number of wrecks on 222 as a reason for the enhanced patrols.

“This is the busiest time of the year on Smith Lake and in that area of the county and traffic has been very busy. We have had our School Resource Deputies working that area all summer helping our patrol deputies answering any kind of call that may come up like a theft, burglary, domestic, etc., but now they will mainly focus on traffic enforcement until August,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry. “They are not out there just to give tickets for the heck of it, but our intent is to get people to slow down on 222 due to people going way too fast on that road. It’s better to be late somewhere than never get there at all…or hurt someone else. Deputies will also be looking for anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs as well.”

The speed limit on County Road 222 is 45 MPH. The speed is set by the Cullman County Commission; new speed limit signs have recently been installed.

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