Jarrell Urges New Year’s Traffic Safety

Toccoa Police Department Interim Chief Tim Jarrell said he hopes a decline in accidents in the month of November in the city will continue in the months ahead.

In November 2012, there were 20 accidents on city streets, compared to 37 in November 2011. Jarrell said that the police department is also hopeful that December’s numbers may show a decline as well.

Jarrell said he feels that a number of factors have contributed to that decline.

“We are continuing to monitor the traffic in troubled areas such as Big A Road and the intersections with Currahee Street and some others,” said Jarrell. “We would like to thank the motoring public for being more aware of their aggressive driving behaviors and also developing partnerships with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and some other initiatives that they have really helped us to reduce the number of accidents for the citizens and visitors of our community.”

Meanwhile, New Year’s Eve is approaching and Jarrell said his department will be working with other law enforcement agencies to ensure the roads are safe as the calendar turns.

“We are asking that anyone who is going to partake in the festivities of New Year’s Eve to have a designated driver,” said Jarrell. “The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are working in conjunction with Operation Zero Tolerance. We will be out aggressively seeking people who are driving under the influence of alcohol. We will be monitoring aggressive driving behaviors and making motorists aware of their behaviors and we will also be conducting several safety checks.”

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, this year’s New Year’s holiday travel period officially begins at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through Tuesday night, January 1, for a total of 102 hours.

Besides traffic safety, Jarrell said that his department is working to reduce shoplifting incidents. He notes that as is usual at this time of the year, the number of shoplifting reports has risen. Jarrell said that the department is working with local merchants on efforts to reduce that number moving forward.