Georgia State Patrol Targets Distracted Drivers

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By: Noelani Mathews
November 27, 2015

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia State Patrol's Corporal Chris Kelch has been keeping his eyes on the road for the distracted drivers who aren't.

He says there's been an increase in roadway fatalities, and something needs to be done.

"A lot of these crashes are involving drivers that have been distracted, whether it be through a cell phone, electronic device, or just not paying attention to the road", says Cpl. Kelch.

Valdosta's Post 31 is cracking down with a series of patrols targeting Distracted Driving. It cost you a citation, instead of costing someone else their life.

According to Georgia's Department of Transportation, there's already been over 1,200 traffic fatalities this year - around 74% caused by distractions, such as a cell phone.

"If you're going from point A to point B, ask yourself if you remember what just happened three seconds ago."

He hopes drivers will begin to put down the distractions, and choose safety first.

"So we're not eventually working a bad crash, or even a fatal crash, on you or someone you love."