News12 at 5 o'clock/ Oct. 14, 2013
Augusta, Ga (WRDW)--You could start seeing more deputies out on the roads in Augusta. Richmond County has been identified as a dangerous traffic area with high rates of traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road.
The department applied for a nearly $700,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. They'll use the money to pay the salaries of three deputies.
It's about keeping you safe. It's something Vaneary Gibson says she wished had happened for her family.
"I have to drive over the spot everyday. I'm reminded of what happened," said Gibson.
Gibson's niece and two children were killed in an automobile crash four years ago. The same road she's traveled for twenty years changed forever that day. "I just have fear on that highway everyday. I have to put my signals on before, I get to my turn and keep looking out my window," she said.
"It's just one more way we can make sure we're saving lives on the road ways," said RCSO Lt. Blanchard.
The more than $600,000 grant will help pay for three deputies and new patrol cars for three years. Their focus will be mainly traffic.
This time last year, there were 30 fatalities and more than 8,000 crashes. Crashes this year are down at around 7,000 and so are the number of fatal accidents. It's a number that Gibson hopes keeps dropping.