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Deputies Putting The Brakes On Local Accidents And Speeders

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Viewers have been calling News Channel Six with questions over police patrols on major roads in the area. They say there is a noticeable increase on Riverwatch Parkway and Bobby Jones Expressway.  News Channel Six's Dee Griffin talked with Sheriff Richard Roundtree about the noticeable difference.

Life in the fast lane is being slowed down along Riverwatch Parkway. This stretch of road has become known for speed and accidents while signaling a call for enforcement by local patrols.

Ann Nozzolio often drives along Riverwatch Parkway.  She says, "there was a terrible accident on Riverwatch and the woman eventually died. It was a terrible accident and I think it's a very good idea. I think many people travel too fast."

Concerns like that have put deputies in motion to slow things down. Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree explains, "we base our traffic numbers on accidents and traffic fatalities and complaints we get with aggressive driving. Based on those numbers that's where we deploy our resources."

According to Sheriff Roundtree, there has not been extra patrols put on roads. Rather, the green light has been given for current patrols to accelerate their efforts to stop fast drivers in areas that have gotten higher complaints of speeding and more accidents.

T. J. Ellison says it's a welcomed way to fuel efforts to increase safety on the road.  "I think it would definitely slow some people down because a lot of people come flying down especially with the train tracks going along right here," Ellison adds.

For some drivers, it's a move in the right direction toward saving more lives. "I think they're doing a good job being out. I don't mind at all," says Nozzolio

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