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Dangerous driving crackdown to begin across Georgia this month

Friday, May 3, 2013 5:58 PM
Last updated 9:44 PM
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Waves of law enforcement officers will crack down on dangerous driving for 100 days in all Georgia counties, starting this month.

The 100 Days of Summer HEAT campaign is aimed at reducing fatal crashes from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Officers focus on high-speed, aggressive and other dangerous driving practices.

“Temperatures won’t be the only thing making the heat rise this summer,” said Harris Blackwood, the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “From drunk drivers to aggressive speeders, all unsafe motorists will be feeling the HEAT.”

The Highway Enforcement of Aggre­­ssive Traffic campaign has been in Georgia since 2004 and will begin May 20. The start date coincides with the kickoff of the Click It or Ticket safety-belt initiative, which runs May 20 to June 2.

According to a news release, speed-related crashes and fatalities are on the rise in Georgia. In 2011, the state had 895 such crashes accounting for 35 deaths. Last year there were 1,115 crashes, with 37 deaths..

“Throughout the year, speed, drunk driving and unbuckled motorists and passengers are the top three causes of fatal crashes in Georgia,” Blackwood said. “That’s exactly why we launch Summer HEAT… to save lives. It’s not about ticket quotas, and it’s not about revenue. When more people are on the road during the summer months, we want them to get to and from their vacations safely.”

The campaign is run by a combination of police and sheriff’s officers, state troopers and Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic units.

The units and troopers are already in Richmond County assisting with the last month of Operation Thunder, a 90-day campaign run by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety that also cracks down on dangerous driving.

COMING SUNDAY

Two months into the Operation Thunder traffic violation crackdown in Richmond County, law enforcement officials say they see a difference in driver behavior.

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thauch12
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thauch12 05/04/13 - 02:09 am
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How convenient...

"It’s not about ticket quotas, and it’s not about revenue..." HOGWASH.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/04/13 - 05:47 am
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"...all unsafe motorists will

"...all unsafe motorists will be feeling the HEAT.”

I've got no problem with that. It's the checkpoints that inconvenience law abiding people without cause that bother me.

aintryt
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aintryt 05/04/13 - 09:11 am
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When are the citizens going

When are the citizens going to band together and rise up against this tyranny?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/04/13 - 09:22 am
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Why "crack down"? Why not

Why "crack down"? Why not just patrol the roads and spot the unsafe drivers year round?

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/04/13 - 10:16 am
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Everybody knows REVENUE has

Everybody knows REVENUE has alot to do with anything the police do with traffic. If not, then write warnings at the first stop and a money ticket if stopped again. Not knocking the police because they do what they are told.

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gargoyle 05/04/13 - 01:04 pm
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I was privledged to hear a

I was privledged to hear a conversation between a German and American traffic engineer. The American placed the blame for accidents on speeding and impaired drivers.The German didn't think speed or impairment had has much of an impact on accident numbers as aggresive driving Bottlenecks and forced lane changes. The German seemed to think that if following too close was policed, better designed space and better signs for lane changes were put into place that accidents and deaths would decrease much more than targeting speeding impaired driving that we are doing right now. After years watching what happens on our roads I think the German was right.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 05/04/13 - 01:37 pm
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It'S a FULL time job just
Unpublished

getting the females (primarily) I SAID, "primarily, to QUIT texting while driving UNDER the Posted Speed Limit in the Passing Lane. "Passing," is just what it connotes, DUH!!!!! For passing!!!!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/04/13 - 01:47 pm
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Gargoyle, I have read one of

Gargoyle, I have read one of the biggest problems is the lack of, unclear or inappropriate road signs. Drivers should be warned early and clearly of necessary lane changes, intersections and so on. It fits with what you say.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/04/13 - 01:54 pm
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Rolling Thunder, Click It or

Rolling Thunder, Click It or Ticket, Operation Heat, it's all Operation BULL HOCKEY. It's all about Operation Revenue. Why do they need silly arsed bogus operation names to enforce the laws? I watch them ride right by no-tagged, you know not insured, sliding and gliding lane swapping speeders all of the time and do absolutely nothing. I guess they just look for people who look like they have enough money to pay the fines to harass. You don't see them stopping the 20 year old pieces of junk yard bait with no tags, no insurance, and 24" rims sliding, gliding and speeding down the Gordon Hwy and across Bobby Jones. No profit in stopping them.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/04/13 - 02:22 pm
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Dichotomy, I have thought

Dichotomy, I have thought it's too much trouble to run checkpoints in some parts of town. The thing would have to close down due to officers being occupied in the first 5 minutes.

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scoopdedoop64 05/04/13 - 02:48 pm
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Like Others

Like Others I believe that it has more to do with making money than keeping people safe. Yes, I believe they want to keep people safe but anytime you have to fill a quota then its about money!

specsta
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specsta 05/04/13 - 04:15 pm
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Change It Up

"Two months into the Operation Thunder traffic violation crackdown in Richmond County, law enforcement officials say they see a difference in driver behavior."

Really? Exactly how do these officials gauge driver behavior, since any driver will change their behavior in the vicinity of a police car?

These road checks, task forces, etc. do nothing to change motorist behavior. People continue to speed on rain-slick roads, continue to tail-gate, continue to make illegal lane changes, continue to not know the difference between "merge" and "yield", and continue to run red lights and stop signs. I personally witnessed about two dozen cars drive around a railroad track barrier, just because the train had stopped and the last train car was just barely poking into the road. Not knowing that the train could have backed up at any time, these folks, including an 18-wheeler, zig-zagged between the railroad crossing barrier.

Where were the cops then?

The police crack-down is not about safety - it's about revenue. A person can rack up hundreds of dollars in fines just for minor equipment violations. If it were about safety, there would be a push to educate citizens about safer driving through other means, rather than intimidation and a show of force. What is being currently done does not work.

Maybe there should be task force to reward good drivers. Maybe when an officer sees a driver who demonstrates safety and courtesy to other drivers, maybe they should be awarded a cash incentive. Not every day, but often enough to have motorists thinking that they could be chosen for a reward. Laugh if you will, but I would bet that it would be much more effective than the threat of a traffic citation for bad behavior.

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