August 5, 2007
The number of fatal accidents in Albemarle County are up this year compared to last, but county police are taking action to keep that number from increasing.
Heading down Route 29 near North Garden, you'll find a fleet of police ready to pull over speeding drivers.
Corporal Sean Hackney with Albemarle County Police says they are just trying to get people to slow down.
"We have had a significant number of fatality accidents in Albemarle County this year, and most of them are contributed to speed and unrestrained passengers," said Hackney.
In July, five people died on county roads in just five days.
"By getting out here on the road, being a little more visible, we're hoping to reduce that number and keep it from going any higher," said Hackney.
People being pulled over may not be happy with the ticket, but many people support the increase police presence.
"I think monitoring the speeding is wise. I think it's helpful for our area and accidents," said Albemarle County resident Kim Starr.
"We do get drivers maybe not necessarily coming back and thanking us for the ticket, but at the same time in court a lot of times they understand that they've done wrong," said driving instructor Maud Henne.
Police say it's often driver inattention that's the culprit, and the community reaction to their presence is usually positive.
"Especially down here in the North Garden area, they are happy to see us down here because they are the ones that have to deal with the high speeds both day and night, five days a week," said Hackney.
Police started this crackdown on 29 near North Garden when the fair began. Since then they caught one person traveling at 102 miles per hour, and they've written about 170 tickets.