Local Law Enforcement Team Up to Curb Truck, Bus Crashes in DeKalb County
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – August 6, 2018 (wsbtv.com) Several law enforcement agencies in DeKalb County, Georgia, are teaming up to try to cut down on the number of large truck and bus accidents on a particularly dangerous stretch of roadway in the county.*
The corridor of Interstate 285 between Interstate 75 and Interstate 85 is the site of frequent accidents involving large trucks and buses, according to local reports. When these accidents occur, due to their scale, several lanes of the interstate have to be shut down, and gridlock ensues throughout the area.
“It can shut this highway down for hours, and that’s hours no one can get through here,” said Dunwoody Police Department Sgt. Robert Parsons. “It backs up everything around here.”
Aside from the traffic backups, these accidents are known for causing serious injuries and fatalities. In 2016, 179 people died on Georgia roads in accidents that involved a bus or a large truck. Nationwide, more than 4,000 people died in truck or bus accidents in 2016. In this particular corridor of I-285, Parsons says serious injury truck and bus accidents have been increasing about 3 percent every year.
During the week of August 6, law enforcement officers from the Dunwoody Police Department, the Cobb County Police Department, the Sandy Springs Police Department, the Doraville Police Department, the DeKalb Police Department, and the Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division will be targeting dangerous drivers in the corridor. As part of a Large Truck and Bus Enforcement and Educational Initiative, officers will be on the lookout for unsafe behavior involving trucks and buses and will ticketing people while spreading awareness.
“We’re trying to make sure drivers understand dangers posed by big trucks and buses,” Parsons said. “For example, big trucks take 40 percent longer to stop than cars do. We are trying to educate drivers about trucks’ blind spots, their stopping behavior, and [how to] safely interact with them on the road, so they don’t cause accidents.”
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