Local law enforcement agencies have shrunk as automobile accidents have increased.
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 enforcement agencies.
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 of assistance.
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.