ATLANTA — They’ve caused chaos, blocked traffic, and taken a toll on families. Fatal crashes hit a record high nationwide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a 12.4 percent increase in fatal crashes in Georgia in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.
Traffic Enforcement with the Marietta Police Department said Mike Shields of Triple Team Traffic How they piece together the crash scene after the crash.
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sergeant. Brian Honea says speed is always one of his top priorities.
“Drivers need to slow down,” he said. “I don’t think there was as much traffic when they first came back. Now, there’s more traffic and people are driving faster.”
Police also noticed more distracted driving. Cell phones are a major contributing factor, but it’s not the only problem.
“Whether you’re driving down the road with your pug on your lap — or people driving down the road putting on makeup — or playing the radio,” Honea said.
Honea told Shields that anything that takes a driver’s attention off the road becomes a dangerous problem.
Technology helps officials investigate and clean up the accident scene. Constable Nicholas St. Onge explained that the drones are a huge benefit, allowing them to get what they need faster in the field and in traffic.
“We can close a road for 15 minutes, have it reopen, and have a comprehensive picture of crashes,” St. Unger said.
Investigators also used 3D scanners to reconstruct the vehicle and see what might have happened.
Often, collision investigations lead to traffic backups. British stone. Onge asked Metro Atlanta drivers to be patient.
“We’ve got to get a full picture of that scenario, and it’s probably our only chance.”
This information plays a key role not only in the findings, but also for those whose lives have been changed forever.
Honea said he and other officials are not taking it lightly.
“It would basically break some family members’ hearts if we went knocking on the door at 2am and telling them their loved ones weren’t coming home. I don’t want to just leave them like that. I want to be able to answer as many as possible Their questions about what happened to their loved ones.”
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