Spring Garden Street chosen as the next traffic safety enforcement campaign

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GREENSBORO, N.C. --On Sept.16, two local police agencies will begin a traffic safety initiative on Spring Garden Street.

Officers from the Greensboro Police Department Traffic Safety Unit and the University of North Carolina - Greensboro Police Department will initiate a nine-week campaign to increase safety along a four-mile segment between West Market Street and Mendenhall Street.

“This roadway is a primary thoroughfare for students, faculty and motorists traveling to and from the downtown business district,” said GPD Officer R.B. Smith. “The goal of this combined effort is to reduce crashes and improve overall traffic safety while decreasing area crimes.”

Officers from both police departments will use marked and unmarked vehicles along with overt and covert enforcement methods.

As with prior traffic safety campaigns, the location was chosen based on crime data and crash information spanning one-quarter mile off both sides of the enforcement area.

As a point of comparison, an analysis of data from the campaign area the same nine-week period in 2013 shows:

    • 29 reported crashes involving 81 occupants, five whom sustained injuries
    • Four cases of breaking and entering
    • Two robberies
    • 36 larcenies
    • Two auto thefts

At the conclusion of the campaign, police and crime analysts will review the traffic and crime data to determine what effects the initiative had on traffic safety and crime in the area.

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