AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The trouble to cease individuals from driving whereas distracted in Richmond County is taking a brand new flip.
“Quite a lot of instances being an Administrator, you don’t get an opportunity to get out within the public a lot as a result of I’m doing a number of administrative stuff,” says Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree.
However now Sheriff Richard Roundtree is again on the beat and behind the steering wheel.
He and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Workplace have discovered a technique to sort out an issue that’s not slowing down.
“Final yr throughout the COVID time, we simply sort of reexamined a number of our numbers so far as our accidents, our fatalities. We noticed a rise in pedestrians struck. We noticed a rise in our site visitors accidents. We knew that one of many principal causes was distracted driving,” he explains.
We rode together with the Sheriff in “Automobile One” to be taught extra about his effort.
Inside minutes of coming into the highway we spot a driver utilizing a cellphone.
Since 2018, it has been unlawful for drivers in Feorgia to have a telephone of their hand or touching any a part of their physique whereas working a automobile.
Nevertheless it’s been laborious getting drivers to place the brakes on this behavior.
“Accidents can occur in a break up second and I don’t assume individuals understand how harmful that may be. So, we are able to simply get out, educate the general public after which have the Sheriff really pull you over and simply have that dialog we expect which may hit the purpose just a little higher.”
It’s a lesson that doesn’t price drivers cash.
He’s not writing tickets.
However, he says the subsequent time could also be totally different.
“Both a quotation, or sadly, it could end in an accident for those who don’t put the telephones down and listen. It’s a enjoyable message, however, it’s a particularly vital message. That’s the purpose we need to get throughout.”
For the Sheriff, this effort is yielding extra in the long term.
Sheriff Roundtree explains, “one it educates the general public and two it offers me a number of suggestions immediately from the residents of Richmond County. Some issues that they’re seeing. Some issues that they wish to see to enhance the situations right here in Augusta.”
The Sheriff says everybody has been pleasant and completely satisfied to see him throughout the stops.
There are plans to report some stops together with his “automobile one” cameras and physique digital camera.
These will probably be posted to the Sheriff workplace’s web site: https://www.richmondcountysheriffsoffice.com/index.cfm