According to a
recent news article, Georgia State Patrol have increased their support to local law enforcement
agencies in order to help elevate officer shortages by handling
Local law enforcement agencies have shrunk as automobile accidents have
In recent years, the number of available local law enforcement officers
has decreased due to budget cuts stemming from the recession. Simultaneously,
Georgia roads have seen a 15 percent increase in automobile accidents
requiring officer assistance. This has forced local law enforcement agencies
to prioritize automobile accident responses.
Georgia State Patrol’s mission is to provide support to local law
One of Georgia State Patrol’s primary missions is to provide traffic
enforcement support to local law enforcement agencies. When a major automobile
accident occurs which results in serious injuries or the likelihood of
litigation, local law enforcement agencies look to Georgia State Patrol
Last year, troopers from Georgia State Patrol took the lead on completing
paperwork, conducting investigations, and performing other necessary duties
for over 51,000 automobile accidents.
This number represented a 17 percent increase in assistance from Georgia
State Patrol, as compared to the preceding year. Furthermore, it represented
a 28 percent increase over the past five years.
During these years, the workload of local law enforcement officers had
increased tremendously. The average local law enforcement officer was
handling about 15 more automobile accidents per year than in 2007. In
total, law enforcement officers responded to approximately 66 automobile
accidents. This amounts to nearly a 40 percent increase in workload.
Assistance from Georgia State Patrol allow local troopers to direct their
attention to other matters such as, patrolling roadways, directing traffic,
and preparing for special events. In addition, their visibility at the
scene of an automobile accident makes an impression on other drivers.
Increases in truck traffic will require further support by Georgia State Police.
Georgia State Patrol expects that law enforcement officers will be even
busier in the coming years as truck traffic within the State increases.
This is attributed to the planned deepening of the Savannah River, allowing
it to accommodate larger ships carrying freight containers that are likely
to end up on Interstates 16, 75, and 95. Georgia State Patrol plans to
add an additional 28 troopers in order to cope with the surge in truck traffic.
If you are injured in an automobile accident, reports and documentation
generated by Georgia State Patrol can be helpful to your case.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident, you
should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can ensure that your
legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Reports and other documentation generation by Georgia State Patrol and
other local enforcement officers present at the scene of your accident
can help support your case.