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Suwanee police crack down

SUWANEE - Police and city officials are putting unsafe drivers on notice. Through May, the police department will be extra vigilant in enforcing traffic laws along the Ga. Highway 317 corridor.

As part of Suwanee CARES (Corridor 317 Accident Reduction and Enforcement Strategy), officers will "have a decreased tolerance for accident- and injury-causing violations" such as speeding, following too closely, improper use of lanes and seat belt violations.

"Based on the number of accidents and injuries occurring along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, we have serious problems along the 317 corridor that need attention," Mike Jones, chief of police, said. "We want to make our citizens and others more aware of this initiative so that they can correct their driving behavior. With the summer driving season approaching, we're working to police smart and make our community more safe."

Jones said more than half of the city's automobile crashes occur along the corridor. More than 1,100 accidents happened in Suwanee in 2008, resulting in about 270 injuries.

A six-week Suwanee CARES program implemented in December 2007 resulted in an 8.5 percent decrease in accidents and a 30 percent decrease in injuries, police said.