Lexington traffic stops increase after to high number of accidents
Corporal Cameron Mortenson says he witnesses "bad driving behavior" day and night in the city of Lexington.
The streets around Lexington Middle School off of Sunset Boulevard is one area Lexington police are focusing on.
By Allison McHugh, Carolina News
The Lexington Police Traffic Unit will be out in full force on Monday and Tuesday. Lexington has reported on average 120 wrecks per month for several years. That number is high for the small town. Officers will be closely monitoring high-traffic areas around town in effort to cut down on dangerous driving habits.
Lexington Police Corporal Cameron Mortenson believes the population growth is partially to blame.
“Lexington is a growing municipality, and the area around it is growing so we have a tremendous amount of traffic every day that we see,” he said.
Mortenson says roads around Lexington Middle School off Sunset Boulevard is a hot spot for high risk driving.
“We had 15 people that were stopped this morning and issued citations for their speed through the school zone and their speed was 12-to-15, even 16 miles over the posted speed limit. It's not like we are nitpicking one or two miles over the 25 mph school zone speed limit,” Mortenson said. "We are trying pick very outrageous driving."
Officers are cracking down on speeding, aggressive driving, texting while driving, misuse of traffic signals, seat-belt compliance and other dangerous driving behaviors.
Mortenson hopes that driver behavior will change in Lexington.
"We want people to be more mindful behind the wheel," Mortenson said.
Traffic stops will be concentrated on Old Cherokee Road, Sunset Boulevard, the intersection at Augusta Boulevard and US 1 and Lake Drive.