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New state patrol post aimed at helping traffic

Post 51 Commander Sgt. James Warren and Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough (center) joined Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and other officials Friday in cutting the ribbon on the Georgia State Patrol’s new post on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. (Photo: Tyler Estep)

Post 51 Commander Sgt. James Warren and Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough (center) joined Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and other officials Friday in cutting the ribbon on the Georgia State Patrol’s new post on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. (Photo: Tyler Estep)

DULUTH — Sgt. James Warren, commander of the new Post 51, finally gets to work from home. In a way, at least.

“I’m a Gwinnett County citizen, so it means me getting to patrol my own territory for once,” he said Friday, “and to serve not only the citizens of the state but of Gwinnett County.”

Warren joined state and county officials Friday for the official ribbon cutting at the Gwinnett home of the Georgia State Patrol. Taking residence on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth — not far from Interstate 85 in the original Edwin Watts Golf store, two doors down from the Georgia Diner — the new post will be home to about three dozen troopers.

GSP now has a home in Gwinnett for the first time since the late ’90s.

“There was unanimous support from the board of commissioners as we worked through this process, finding the right location and the lease and the renovation of the building,” BOC Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said.

The idea for the local post was inspired by the Georgia Department of Transportation, which saw an increased presence on one of busiest parts of I-85 as a way to help the flow of traffic.

“That’s what this is all about,” Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough said. “A very innovative idea under traffic incident management, to get to the wreck as quickly as possible, work with the local partners and get it out of the way — efficiently while still doing the job — and keeping traffic moving.”

Warren said Post 51’s chief duties will be patrolling the I-85 corridor from the DeKalb-Gwinnett County line to the Gwinnett-Barrow County line, “assisting the county and the cities any way that we can.”

The vast majority of the 32 or so everyday troopers under Warren’s charge are fresh from school, he said, with only a handful having several years of experience. He called that a good thing, and an opportunity to “train up a young group of guys to make a difference” in Gwinnett.

“Our primary function is just simply Gwinnett County,” Warren said. “We don’t leave the county.”

Local businessman Roger Burgess, founder and CEO of ProCare Rx, was named an honorary trooper during Friday’s ceremony. He loaned the state patrol office space while its new digs were being readied.

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kevin 8 months, 1 week ago

Now you 90mph speeders better be on your guard. Finally!

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pcjohn 8 months, 1 week ago

Yeah, just watch out for those 100 mph adrenaline junkies of the GSP flying past you for no legitimate reason.

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jack 8 months, 1 week ago

"The idea for the local post was inspired by the Georgia Department of Transportation, which saw an increased presence on one of busiest parts of I-85 as a way to help the flow of traffic."

Traffic came to complete stop on I-85N at Old Peachtree yesterday afternoon.
Wreck? Stalled vehicle? Car fire?

Nah....just a trooper writing someone a ticket on the right shoulder.

Yeah, it'll help the flow of something....but not traffic.

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CD 8 months, 1 week ago

Agreed. This is about revenue.

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dentaldawg83 8 months, 1 week ago

don't have a problem with how they patrol the highways..just don't start that checkpoint crap.

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Mack711 8 months, 1 week ago

Want to increase the flow of traffic, do away with the HOT lanes. Agree that traffic sometimes moves at speeds above the posted speed limit. However how about stopping the ones who do 45 in the left lanes. Slower traffic keep right needs to be enforced also as much as the speeders.

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Ashley 8 months, 1 week ago

The state needs money and what better way to raise money than through "Speedin" tickets. Remember how much God hates Tax collectors.

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Why_not 8 months, 1 week ago

I have seen them running radar on 316, Hwy 29, Beaver Ruin Rd and other locations. More power to them.....if you can't drive the speed limit then get ready to pay the price.

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Don_Coyote 8 months, 1 week ago

Revenue-wise it is a win-win for the state coffers. Blue lights not only generate the traffic infraction revenue but also cause more congestion which generates more revenue for the Lexus Lane.

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Veryconcernedcitizen 8 months, 1 week ago

I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think the State of Georgia benefits from ticket fines written by Troopers. I think the revenue goes towards the County or City where the ticket was given or in other words what Court system processes the fine. Can a police officer help us out with this question?

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sheepdogblue 8 months, 1 week ago

Good thing the Troopers are going to help patrol the highway. The Gwinnett County Police officers are leaving their department faster than they can get new officers trained due to not having any raises in 5 yrs. The morale in the County PD is very low....

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Veryconcernedcitizen 8 months, 1 week ago

I have a friend who is a cop for Gwinnett. He said it used to be a great place to work. He said not so much anymore. He also said they are losing officers and made the comment it feels like a "sinking ship." I guess Gwinnett is destined to become the next Clayton or DeKalb County.

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Why_not 8 months ago

It's due to heavier works loads, no pay raises in years, and slashed benefits. You get what you pay for without a doubt.

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CD 8 months ago

Are police/fire/ems paid what they are truly worth in Gwinnett or any other county? No. Are teachers paid what they are worth? No. In order to pay them at a rate that is at least closer to the value they collectively provide, taxes would need to be increased far beyond the already crushing burden. Answers exist that would allow for increases, but those answers require both the prudent use of taxpayer dollars and less corruption. I suggest that the teachers, fire/ems vote in each election and vote for anything but the incumbent until the above is understood clearly by our elected freezer fillers.

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