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School's Open - Please Drive Carefully!

Posted on August 3, 2017

Sheriff John Carter, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids Wayne County hopes that everyone has had a fun and safe summer.

Back to school is an exciting and busy time of year for all of us.  We ask everyone to please abide by all traffic laws and be extra cautious as the traffic volume on our roadways increases. The safety of our children is the No. 1 priority. 

Please consider the following:

  • Decrease speed in school zones
  • Yield to pedestrians crossing the road within crosswalks
  • Children under 8 are required to be in a car seat or a booster seat suitable for their height and weight
  • Children under 8 whose height is less than 57 inches must ride in the backseat of a car
  • Children 8 to 17 must wear a seat belt
  • Children under 18 are prohibited from riding in the open bed of a pickup truck
  • It is unlawful for any vehicle to pass a stopped school bus while it is loading or unloading passengers.  Vehicles traveling on a highway divided by a median on the opposite side from the stopped school bus are not required to stop.

All of us at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office wish our community a safe return to school and continued safety throughout the school year!

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted on July 3, 2017

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.

Sheriff John Carter and Safe Kids Wayne County offer the following safety tips

FIREWORKS - What you need to know
We all know fireworks are fun. Unfortunately, more than 10,000 people are treated for firework related injuries in hospital emergency rooms each year. The best way to protect your family is to attend public firework displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

If you plan to celebrate with an at-home firework display, please take precautions.

• Use fireworks OUTDOORS, away from buildings
• Read the cautionary labels before lighting a firework
• Never give fireworks to children. 
• Sparklers can burn at 2000°f
• Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks
• Always have a bucket of water and water hose nearby
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket

• You must be 18 years old or older to buy fireworks
• Do not light fireworks if under the influence of drugs
• Do not light fireworks if under the influence or alcohol
• Do not light fireworks on roads or highways
• Fireworks are prohibited in state parks
• Use of fireworks in other parks require a special license
• It is illegal to light fireworks within 100 yards of a:

  • Hospital
  • Nursing Hone
  • Prison
  • Nuclear Power Plant
  • Gas Station or Refinery

• Fourth of July: until midnight
• New Years: until 1am
• Any other day: Not after 9pm

A 5% Georgia tax on fireworks goes towards the state’s trauma care network, training and equipment for firefighters

More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety. Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:’s-legal-georgia

ON THE ROAD – Slow Down, Buckle Up, Hang Up and Drive Sober
For anyone who is traveling this 4th of July weekend, remember to always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive – instead, call a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, you are putting the others at risk, too.

Georgia Law requires children under 8 years old ride in a car seat or booster appropriate for their height and weight. Children over 8 years old must wear a seat belt.

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Congratulations to the Wayne County High School Graduating Class of 2017!

Posted on May 26, 2017

On behalf of the men and women of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to congratulate all graduating Wayne County High School students on this milestone in your lives. This is a time of celebration, however, please be safe.  Do not turn a night of celebration into one of tragedy. Please, graduates, be as smart as we know you can be. Use your seat belts, do not drink alcohol and drive, and do not get in a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.

Sheriff John G Carter

Drug Take Back Event A Success!

Posted on May 11, 2017



The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids Wayne County recently participated in the National Drug Take back event.

As a result, 58 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over the counter medications were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for proper disposal.

Sheriff John Carter would like to thank those that participated and supported the event.  We would also like to remind everyone that there is a permanent drop box located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. This drop box is available during regular business hours. Please note we cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.

Once again, we would like to thank the Jesup Walmart and the citizens of Wayne County for helping to make our community a safer place. 

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National Drug Take Back Day

Posted on April 28, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, law enforcement agencies across the country are teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and hosting drop-off sites for National Drug Take Back Day. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids will be participating.  The event will be located outside the Jesup Walmart, 1100 N 1st St, Jesup, GA 31545 this Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

You may bring your potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications for disposal.  We cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This program addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website




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