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Hall Sheriff's Office stepping up patrols, announcing locations
Approach comes in response to high number of deadly wrecks in 2015
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Hall County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sean Doyne uses his radar gun Saturday to check how fast motorists are traveling on Poplar Springs Road in Gainesville. Due to the large number of fatalities in 2015 on Hall County roads, the Sheriff's Office is increasing patrols to help ensure motorists are traveling safely. - photo by Erin O. Smith

In response to an increased number of motor vehicle crashes, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office is targeting certain areas around the county.

The Sheriff’s Office announced last week its intention to target Ga. 60 southbound, Poplar Springs Road and U.S. 129 southbound. The focus will be speeding drivers and other factors that distract motorists.

“These locations will change every month and will be posted on social media to alert the community as new areas of concentration are provided,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote on its Facebook page.

In December, six people in Hall County were killed in wrecks. A total of 30 people died in 2015, the highest since at least 2010, according to Georgia Department of Transportation statistics.

Deputy Sean Doyne said the recent history in these areas led to them being the first three areas of concentration.

“We’ve had excessive speed and some pretty bad wrecks,” Doyne said.

A 6-year-old boy died and six others were injured in a Dec. 22 wreck on Poplar Springs Road. A Mazda carrying Angel Herrera entered the path of a Chevrolet van, according to Georgia State Patrol.

Another crash causing serious injury occurred Dec. 17 on Ga. 60/Candler Road near O’Kelly Road. Fuel leaking from a box truck closed all lanes of the road for multiple hours.

In addition to posting the concentrated areas, the Sheriff’s Office will post information related to rules of the road.

Doyne said the theme will change each month and will start with following too closely.

The traffic department will continue to reassess where the hotspots are around the county.

“We’re trying to target the problem areas to try and keep people safe,” Doyne said.