Police Chief in Smyrna, Georgia Looks to Lower Traffic Crashes
SMYRNA, GA- Ajc.com writes that the new police chief in Smyrna is focusing on the area’s car crashes and vehicle accident fatalities. While violent crime in Smyrna is down, the number of people dying in crashes is alarming. Officers responded to 3,411 in 2017, followed by 3,462 in 2018, and 3,317 in 2019. So far, in 2020, police have already been on the scene of 424 traffic accidents.*
Already three people lost their lives in car accidents in Smyrna this year. The number of deaths rose from two in 2017, to five the following year and seven last year. According to the 48-year-old new chief, the department will be bringing back its DUI Task Force to help combat the number of drunk drivers, and officers will be more closely monitoring some of the state’s more dangerous intersections and streets.
Reports indicate that South Cobb Drive’s intersection with East-West Connector is one of the hot spots for collisions. In just one year, there were 208 incidents at that location. Additional resources will also go towards combating distracted driving, which is a major factor in many collisions. The state has a hands-free law preventing people from using their phones while operating a vehicle- which is one of the main issues when it comes to distracted driving.
The department has been successful in maintaining its police force, in part because of a generous bonus program offered to officers. The new chief will use resources to help address the dangerous driving practices witnessed in the area. He stated that the citizens are looking to have the roads become safer. More traffic enforcement is needed to reach that goal and meet the expectations of the population.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/local/smyrna-new-police-chief-hopes-reduce-traffic-crashes-fatalities/UjiAF83U2e7c8DJYdOqPaJ/ and https://www.al.com/news/2018/07/georgias_new_hands-free_cell_p.html
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