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Crackdown on Hwy. 515 issued for month of July

sheriff-crackdown 4604    Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell, Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig and Georgia State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols say their officers will begin “aggressive enforcement” of speeding and erratic driving on Highway 515 following two fatal wrecks.

     The heads of the three law enforcement agencies that patrol Highway 515 in this area announced Monday a crackdown on speeding and erratic driving that will run the entire month of July.
    The significantly increased patrols come after two fatalities occurred on the four-lane in Pickens County during June and reports indicate that accidents there have increased 53 percent this year over last year.

    Ga. State Patrol Post Commander Tim Nichols, Jasper Police Chief Greg Lovell and Sheriff Donnie Craig announced the joint campaign Monday at the local GSP Post.
    Additional manpower from the GSP, the sheriff’s HEAT units and unmarked cars from both Jasper and Pickens County will patrol the four-lane 24/7 looking for speeding and distracted driving – plus any other traffic infractions.
    Speed and distracted driving, along with following too close, are cited as the prime offenses leading to the sharp rise in wrecks here.
    “We are going to have this start coinciding with the holiday weekend and let it run through the month,” Nichols said. “We want to see if we can make a reduction in the accidents there, since we have been seeing increases all year.”
    Nichols said he is instructing troopers to practice “aggressive enforcement.” Chief Lovell said they are also instructing officers to be on the lookout for any driver texting or driving distracted for other reasons. And, they will use unmarked “spotter” vehicles for this.
    Lovell said distracted driving is a prime cause of wrecks, but it is not just from texting. He said general use of smart phones, adjusting music players, plus other non-device distractions such as putting on makeup and reading are all significant contributors to accidents.
    Nichols said in an earlier article that alcohol had not been a prime cause of the wrecks seen on Highway 515 this year. He said during rush times, morning commute and lunch, is when they see a lot of the accidents where people just aren’t paying attention.
    The day they announced the crackdown, Nichols said the GSP had already worked a non-injury crash at Highway 515 and Camp Road where a driver rear-ended a car in front of him after the first car slowed when both were trying to enter the four-lane.
    Sheriff Craig said they will also supply unmarked units to effort and will patrol county-line to county-line looking for speeders and inattentive drivers.
    “If anyone gets a ticket this month, it’s their own fault,” he said. “We are telling them what we are going to do.”


Got a Grip
-2 #41 Got a Grip 2015-07-09 16:03
Whew, I don't even know where to begin so I will dive right in here...

TFAM> ...but you apparently don't have much of a grip on reality.

You dispose of reason at the very onset. Insulting someone with an opposing viewpoint serves no purpose other than to highlight one's ability, or lack thereof, to articulate their points. Please, Ad homonym attacks may be useful in discourse but I have yet to find any value in them.

TFAM> You seem to think rules are to punish people.

Rules applied against (make that restricting) one group because of the action(s) of another does NOT serve safety and indeed may encourage the opposite. One might see that as a punishment, What was it that Benjamin Franklin said in 1755? "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." You may wish to debate the application of "essential" in this context but whether or not you wish to acknowledge it, it is a loss of liberty. I for one am not willing to sacrifice liberty in the name of, at best, misdirected safety.

By your own admission, the problem is the "reckless" others. Why are you so dead set against the policing of the problem? Are you one of these people who believe government is the answer to everything? Where is the accountability of those whom are being reckless?

TFAM> Rules are in place to keep people safe from others.

How does the rule [slowing drivers on 515 down] keep people safe from others [reckless individuals whom disregard traffic control devices]? As mentioned before, if everyone was forced to walk (or better yet just banned from travel) everyone would be safer now wouldn't they? Whether you think being slowed by 10 m.p.h. is merely a rule and not a punishment doesn't take the idea through to completion. Rules give government agents the freedom to punish. I believe any restriction of freedom or liberty is a punishment inflicted upon me. Whether that restriction is warranted is what we are debating here.

TFAM> You don't have to like the fact that others are reckless but they are.

This sounds merely like an emotional comment said for the purposes of the viewing audience, not to convey a point. In fact, I am not sure what you're trying to imply here exactly. Are you saying there are people who like the fact that there are reckless others? I give you the point, I do loathe the fact and I acknowledge they exist.

TFAM> You don't have to like the speed limit through Jasper but you do have to obey it.

Don't recall presenting a contrary point here either. I do believe this to be a restriction of my freedoms and therefore a punishment for the actions of others. I believe that any revenue gathering used to enforce this "rule" is also a punishment for breaking the rule, whether appropriate or not.

TFAM> If you think it is punishment to consider the safety of those around you. You are obviously part of the problem.

Here you go again... Ad homonym. tsk. tsk. Have you no shame? You have no clue as to whether I drive the speed limit, drive recklessly or even drive at all. Why would you label me a problem merely for expressing my thoughts on this matter? I have not said the reverse of you.
I do not believe I mentioned violating the speed limit, I don't recall advising others to do so either. I do believe the 55 m.p.h. speed limit on the four lane divided highway 515 through Jasper is a money grab by the local jurisdiction and is unnecessary for safety. If having that reasonable opinion makes me part of the problem than I make no apologies.
I just don't get it. We have one of the most divisive populations in history and here you somewhat demonstrate that shutting down debate is better than having civil discourse in the public square and then you label me part of the problem. One of the most sacred rights articulated in our Constitution is the Amendment placed first, the right to speak freely. Do you honestly believe that my expressing my position on this issue is a threat to our civilized society?

Let me say it again. The speed limit on 515 through the Jasper, Georgia is nothing more than revenue enhancement for the local jurisdiction.
Think For A Minute
-1 #42 Think For A Minute 2015-07-10 20:59
Your implication that I am attacking you is sorely mistaken. By your own comments both in previous posts and this one says you feel it is restricting YOUR movement. The world doesn't revolve around you, time for you to start acknowledging that fact. The speed limit has nothing to do with restricting your movement you are just to thick to understand why it is in place. It's okay we understand this is the me generation thought process. You may not like the fact that I call you out on it but apparently it needs to be done. Laws and regulations are not in place to punish anyone they are in place to keep people safe from others. It's a shame you can't fathom that reality.
Got a Grip
-4 #43 Got a Grip 2015-07-12 12:42
I wasted my time responding to your ad hominem insults enough already "think for a minute". It is obvious that your preference is to criticize people rather than discuss ideas. You have presented nothing valid to support the speed limit adding safety on this stretch of rural highway and are clearly unable to refrain from namecalling. This article highlights the local jurisdiction's use of government agents whom have immense authority over citizens lives to extort money. Sadly people like you give them cover.
Steve Dunn
+1 #44 Steve Dunn 2015-08-08 13:58
If you don't like the speed limit on 515 through Jasper, then petition to have it changed. Until then,obey the law. It's a fairly simple process. Don't bash the enforcers of the law. Take it up with the law makers. That is all. Carry on.
Reality Check
+1 #45 Reality Check 2015-08-13 12:32
Geez, people! I haven't had a ticket in more than 25 years. Why, you ask? BECAUSE I DON'T BREAK LAWS, THAT'S WHY! FYI, all law enforcement, except GA State Patrol, cannot even use laser or radar as a basis to stop your vehicle unless it is more than 10 m.p.h. over the limit. That means you have to be doing at least 66 in a 55 to be stopped for speeding by most officers around here. If you go that fast in a 55 m.p.h. zone, you will be stopped. Those of you that get stopped and blame local revenue seekers need to get a life. Who is offended that the speed limit around here is 55? Do you that are offended say that it should also be more than 45 m.p.h. in E. Ellijay on 515? What do you think is reasonable here and E. Ellijay? 100 m.p.h? 120?
You all should be more concerned that the Sheriff's auxilliary is raffling off firearms this month. Oh yeah, one of the guns is an "assault rifle." How's that grab ya?

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