Thursday morning in downtown Macon, Bibb County deputies stopped dozens of drivers who were distracted or not wearing their seatbelt. It happened along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Captain Brad Wolfe with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it's day two of Operation Rolling Thunder, which is a 4-day enforcement detail.
“We're spotting vehicles as they come by for us and we're issuing them citations for the observed violation, whether it be seat belt or distracted driving,” says Wolfe.
On Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office and the state patrol issued over 173 citations in Macon, for speeding and other violations.
We reached out to pedestrians downtown to see what they thought about it.
“We're coming up on a holiday season, so safety is always a number one priority. I would say if it's going to help save lives, it's a good thing,” says pedestrian Manuel Hall.
“Texting and driving is really dangerous. A lot of people can't drive even if they are not texting, so if somebody is driving distracted, that's even worse,” says pedestrian Stuart Phillips.
Wolfe says the tickets cost $15 and up, but the overall message can be life-saving.
“The laws are in place for your safety, and that's what we want people to remember," says Wolfe. “When you get in the car, buckle your seat belt. Concentrate on driving, don't be distracted by your phone. These things are very important to keep from injuring yourself and someone else.
Wolfe says on Friday and Saturday, various agencies across the state will be coming to assist.
They will continue road checks on Friday and Saturday evening in various locations around the county, starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 4 a.m. They will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
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