SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (05/20/19) - You've been warned! Saginaw Township Police are taking a different approach to getting people to drive better.
"Our whole goal is to prevent accidents from occurring, we're hopefully trying to prevent people from speeding, if we could do that, that would be great, and just to bring more awareness out there so that people are a little more conscious of what they're doing as they're behind the wheel," explained Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl.
In April the police department started posting on Facebook about where they'd be looking for speeders and other traffic violators.
The patrols are not new, but sharing their locations ahead of time is a different approach.
So far they've focused on school zones and busy intersections.
Pussehl said the new effort is a two-way street. "Citizens can let us know that, 'hey we do have this problem in our neighborhood. In this area we're seeing an increase in motorists that aren't seeming to follow the traffic laws'," he said.
Chief Pussehl hopes the publicized patrols will be effective on the day they're announced and down the road, similar to how 'Click It or Ticket' campaigns aim to increase seatbelt useage over time.
"We get a few critics that say why do you publicize this, why do you let the potential traffic offenders know that you're going to be in a certain area," Pussehl said. "Our goal is not to go out write everybody a ticket, our goal is to hopefully curb those behaviors and have everybody as a safe driver. That's be our goal, that we never have to issue another ticket again."
Watch their Facebook page for their next publicized patrol. Click on the 'Related Link' with this story to be directed there.