Brookhaven, GA, January 7, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven Police Detective David Snively, after spending three hours directing traffic at Ashford Dunwoody Rd and Perimeter Summit Blvd, offers several traffic tips.
From Detective Snively:
Hello Brookhaven! After spending the last 3 hours directing traffic, I’ve come up with a short list of traffic tips to help everyone out!
(1) Go at green lights, and stop at red lights. Seriously, it’s just that easy. 27 of you ran the light at ADR [Ashford Dunwoody Rd] and Perimeter Summit tonight while I was standing in the intersection, in full uniform, with a police car that had all its blue lights flashing… #notcool.
(2) I’ve found its easiest to notice the signal if you’re looking at it, instead of at your phone. Folks, I wish I had something catchy to say about texting and driving, but this is the best I’ve got: it’s selfish; it’s ignorant; and it’s dangerous. Stop it already!!
(3) Speaking of signals, remember yellow is the indicator to “clear the intersection” if you’re already in it, and to “prepare to stop” if you’re not. This will keep you from blocking the intersection- a gift for which cross traffic will be forever in your debt.
This post has a bit of humor, a splash of sarcasm, and a sprinkling of frustration. But the sobering statistics are these: in 2012 Georgia saw its first increase in traffic fatalities in 9 years and jumped more than 1200. That’s more than 3 a da, and doesn’t count injuries- which numbered in the hundreds of thousands. The overwhelming majority of those were not “accidents;” they were entirely preventable crashes caused by driving errors like the ones I’ve described. I can’t be at every intersection every day, so we all have to do our part. Pledge with me to be a part of the solution and make Brookhaven a safe place to live, work, AND drive!
-Detective D.T. Snively