Hundreds of Speeders Ticketed in Police Operation

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  If you were out and about in Columbus today, chances are you passed by something you don't see everyday- one car after the other pulled over on the side of some of the busiest roads in our area.

The aggressive traffic detail was all part of what officers have dubbed "Operation Visible."

Not only were cops highly visible on major roadway, they were also very busy.

"We have several traffic violators that we have ticketed for doing an excess of 80. We have over 10 cases that have exceeding 90 miles per hour and we just made a traffic stop where we caught one doing 114 southbound on I-185," said Lieutenant Mark D. Starling with Columbus Police Department's Motor Squad.

Members of the Columbus Police Department's Traffic and Patrol Division ticketed hundreds of spring breakers and speeders on Interstate 185, J.R. Allen Parkway and parts of Manchester Expressway all day Saturday.

So far this year, Columbus Police say there have been over 2,000 traffic accidents in Columbus and 7 fatalities- numbers this department takes very seriously.

"Our primary goal is our citizen's safety. We want people to slow down and enjoy their holiday weekend but you can't enjoy it if you don't get to where you're going and a lot of the reason they're not making it to their destination is because of excessive speed," added Lt. Starling.

Members of the Georgia State Patrol will continue the traffic detail Saturday night.

Officers say "Operation Visible" will be conducted a few more times throughout the year on holiday weekends.