An increase in deadly wrecks and critical accidents on native roads is main Floyd County police analyze wreck components to pinpoint methods to extend security.
Total, there have been over 1,500 collisions within the county since January 2021, together with 228 wrecks with accidents and 11 deadly wrecks with 14 fatalities, in keeping with FCPD Sgt. Chris Fincher.
“It looks like each time we flip round, there’s yet another taking place,” he mentioned throughout a press convention Tuesday afternoon. “The best way we’re going to this point this 12 months shall be placing us in step with 2018, after we had been seventh within the state with site visitors fatalities.”
Plans are to coach the general public and use information pushed enforcement to lower the variety of wrecks. They’re wanting on the when, the place and why components behind latest wrecks and inserting officers in these widespread areas to search for site visitors violations.
Fincher cited three components widespread in wrecks and collisions in the neighborhood: aggressive driving, distracted driving and impaired driving.
Aggressive driving can embody rushing and improper lane modifications, however the commonest consider a few of the latest wrecks is following too intently. Since January, there have been 272 crashes the place the No. 1 contributing issue was a driver following one other automobile too intently.
Distracted driving is not simply utilizing your cellphone, Fincher mentioned, but additionally failing to yield and failing to remain in your lane. A driver may very well be distracted by one thing they’re listening to or by one other individual within the automotive.
Fincher additionally mentioned night rush hour is the commonest time of the day for wrecks.
“I can perceive the thrill of getting house, however we need to remind folks to decelerate and to get house to their households,” he mentioned.
Alabama Freeway, Martha Berry Freeway and Ga. Loop 1 are a few of the roads the place wrecks happen most incessantly, in addition to locations the place drivers are leaving the town and speeds start to extend.
Turner McCall Boulevard is one other widespread crash location, Fincher mentioned, as site visitors tends to get congested on that highway throughout sure instances of the day.
“Our hope is to remind folks that, whenever you’re driving, to recollect everyone else and that there are different folks on the roadway,” Fincher mentioned. “It is the golden rule of motoring.”