CPD increasing presence on roadways during summer to catch distracted drivers

CPD increasing presence on roadways during summer to catch distracted drivers

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Summer months are moving in and schools are letting out, so it is that time of year where more folks will be on the roadways traveling and Columbus police is reminding people about safe driving.

The number of highway drivers increases after Memorial Day and into the summer months as people hit the roads for vacation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more fatal crashes happen during this time of year.

Sgt. Chris Anderson with CPD Motor Squad says they are cracking down on distracted drivers to help reduce those fatal crashes.

“Patrols will be increased," says Sgt. Anderson. "We will be looking more for the impaired drivers, the distracted drivers, of course any roadway infractions that we deem that would be unsafe.”

Some drivers taking long road trips want to make the trip as quick as possible, but trying to get to your destination too fast causes 60 percent of fatal crashes.

“We call these 100 days of summer heat, it’s basically the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day," says Sgt. Anderson, "during these days a lot of teens or drivers are actually killed or injured in a motor vehicle accident and that can be attributed to multiple things, speed being one.”

It has been almost a year since Georgia passed their distracted driving bill, in which the law says you cannot touch your phone or even lay it in your lap while behind the wheel, or you will be issued a citation.

“We’re going to be out in full force looking for these and doing what we need to do in order to save lives on the highways of the city of Columbus and the state of Georgia," said Sgt. Anderson.

If you are hitting the road or just on the road, it is a good idea to have a hands-free device on hand.

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