Police in Atlanta Change Course and Plan to Respond to Minor Crashes
ATLANTA- Fox5atlanta.com writes that police officers in Atlanta are no longer planning to stay away from the scene of minor collisions. The local police issued a statement in July informing the public that they would not be responding to car crashes unless an injury occurred as a part of the incident. Instead of calling the police, those involved in such accidents were instructed to use a form online to make a record of the crash.*
The move was intended to protect the police from being exposed to the coronavirus when interacting with crash victims.
According to the department, in March, the only people using the roads were essential workers and emergency responders. Many people were not happy with the department’s policy and stated that they were concerned about confrontations occurring after minor crashes, and about the possibility of violence. Now police state that the traffic is returning to something closer to normal, and that they will again be responding even to minor collisions. When carrying out such responses, the officers will be wearing masks and gloves and attempting to practice social distancing to diminish the spread of the virus.
The pandemic had unprecedented impacts on traffic throughout the country. While the roads were nearly empty in many parts of the United States, some locations saw smaller declines in crashes than they anticipated. For instance, in Sandy Springs, officers complained that the light traffic on GA400 was leading to drivers hitting the road at exceptionally high speeds. Risky driving led to the number of crashes staying somewhat stable even as traffic had died down.
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