Macon Street was not the place to make use of your cellular phone when you have been driving on Tuesday morning.
For the second time this summer time, the Columbus Police Division Motor Squad arrange a sting operation aimed toward bringing consciousness to distracted driving. Throughout a two-hour interval, Columbus Police wrote eighty visitors citations throughout an operation aimed toward distracted drivers, police stated.
“Individuals have to comprehend how harmful that is,” stated Maj. J.D. Hawk. “They’re placing their life in danger and they’re placing the lives of different motorists in danger when they don’t seem to be paying consideration whereas they’re driving.”
The undercover operation in entrance of the Columbus Public Library 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. The Macon Street sting wrapped up shortly after 9 a.m.
Of the eighty tickets written, 37 of them have been for distracted driving, Dent stated. The others have been for failure to put on a seat belt and operating pink lights, in addition to insurance coverage, license and tag violations that stemmed from the visitors stops.
The earlier operation at Bradley Park Drive resulted in ninety six citations, police stated on the time. Most of these instances have labored their method by way of the courts.
As they did on June 1, officers have been on the lookout for individuals utilizing cell telephones to do one thing aside from speak. Beneath Georgia regulation, it isn’t unlawful to speak on a cellular phone, however you can’t textual content or e-mail whereas in command of a motorcar. That features in case you are stopped at a visitors sign.
A conviction for distracted driving in Columbus Recorder’s Courtroom carries a positive and courtroom prices of $200.sixty three.
The undercover officers have been posing as a roadside work crew. They might spot the violations, then radio info to a motorbike officer who would make the visitors cease and write the ticket. About 15 cops have been concerned within the operation.
The spotters have been detailing precisely what the driving force was doing with the telephone, and which hand they have been utilizing. They have been additionally giving detailed descriptions of the automobiles, together with in some instances tag numbers.
“We’re being far more particular this time,” Dent stated.
The stings, despite the fact that they will draw harsh public criticism, will proceed, Dent stated.
“We might differ it somewhat and get extra artistic with it,” Dent stated.
One of many causes the police are utilizing this tactic is due to the variety of visitors fatalities in Columbus, Hawk stated.
Thus far this yr, there have been 21 visitors fatalities in Columbus. With greater than 4 months remaining within the yr, the town is on tempo to eclipse the 27 visitors fatalities final yr. There isn’t any means of figuring out what number of of these fatalities are related to distracted driving, however Hawk stated he’s assured quite a lot of them are.
“We try to get the purpose throughout,” Hawk stated. “We’re uninterested in seeing individuals killed.”