Tuesday morning Columbus Police Division was conducting a second distracted driving sting, this one alongside Macon Street in entrance of the general public library.
The undercover operation began about 7 a.m., Lt. Clyde Dent stated. Simply as they did on June 1 on Bradley Park Drive, officers posed as a piece crew that was tasked with figuring out violations. It was wrapping up shortly after 9 a.m.
Greater than a dozen officers have been working the element, however there was no complete on the variety of tickets that have been issued. In June, officers issued almost one hundred citations, most for distracted driving in a two-hour interval.
The operation is a part of a Columbus police crackdown on distracted driving.
“We’re being far more particular this time,” Dent stated.
The undercover officers have been in search of individuals manipulating their cell telephones then they might then radio info to motorbike officers who would make the visitors cease and problem the quotation. They have been describing what the driving force was doing, which hand she or he was utilizing and an outline of the automotive to typically embrace the tag quantity.
Underneath Georgia regulation, it isn’t unlawful to speak on a cellular phone, however you can’t textual content or e-mail it whereas answerable for a motorcar. That features in case you are stopped at a visitors sign.
Police waited till a lot of the tickets issued on June 1 had cleared courtroom to do a second sting, Dent stated. Final month, two Recorder’s Courtroom judges discovered most people who appeared of their courts responsible of the distracted driving cost. The ticket comes with fines and courtroom prices of greater than $200.
The Macon Street space was chosen as a result of it’s a excessive-visitors space, Dent stated.
“It’s a main east-west hall and it’s a very busy intersection,” Dent stated.