SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The Spartanburg Police Department is taking another step towards closing in on dangerous drivers like the ones local college student Sara Blevins said she’s seen.
“No blinkers, speeding, cutting through lanes,” she said. “One time I saw someone driving on a sidewalk.”
Officer JD Walter is behind the wheel of a new ‘Target Zero’ car, purchased with a special grant to target aggressive drivers.
“We’re one of the worst states in the country for traffic related fatalities,” he said.
Spartanburg police said the $116,000 grant covers Officer Walter’s salary, benefits, the car, and also some training associated with this position.
He’ll be looking out for speeding, ignoring red lights or stop signs, as well as drivers who are impaired.
“If you feel different, you drive different,” Officer Walter said. “That’s what I’m out doing is getting impaired drivers off the road, whether it be alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication.”
He said he’ll be going all over the city and not targeting specific areas other than those where a significant number of collisions happened.
“You’re going to get the fine and it’s not because that’s something we enjoy doing. It’s something that’ll slow you down. It’ll save your life and safe the life of someone’s family,” he said. “We’re not out here trying to harass anybody. We’re out here trying to save lives.”