Roadways have had little traffic activity since March when residents began to shelter in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Sgt. Salvador Ortega, public information officer for the police department, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that excessive speeding is an ongoing issue in Sandy Springs. Twenty-one speeders were stopped in the past seven days, he said. Most of the 52 stops were on Ga. 400.
“There have been about 330 crashes (on Ga. 400 and I-285) in the past 30 days,” he added. “It’s about average to what we normally work but the number should be way lower due to the decrease in traffic.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that traffic volumes on southbound Ga. 400 were down 30-35%, last month, while average speeds were up.
“I think the police Chief [Ken DeSimone] and his team are out there to make sure that people not only survive this virus, but they survive the reckless driving that’s going on right now on many of our roads and streets, because they are not as occupied and congested as they normally are,” said Paul.