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Operation Thunder already making an impact


Operation Thunder is already making an impact on enforcing traffic laws.

The SCMPD and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is teaming up to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in Chatham County.

In the first hour of, officers arrested four people. Some of those were for driving under the influence.

Over the next 90 days law enforcement officers will be doing different types of check points.

Right now they are patrolling pedestrian traffic because nearly 15 percent of fatal crashes in the last two years involved pedestrians.

Operation Thunder is an initiative to crack down on dangerous drivers and a campaign that targets cities where there is a need to drive down fatality statistics. In the last two years, Savannah has seen an increase in fatal crashes.

On Friday afternoon, officers were stopping drivers near Interstate 16 and Louisville Road.

"I had to slow down and stop and show the officer my driver's license," said driver Elaine Lambordo.

Police were checking tag numbers, IDs, seatbelts, and even made some DUI arrests.

"I don't have a problem with it," said driver Mike Dodd. "I mean, I don't think most people will if they are making the streets a little safer."

Police said they hope their presence in and around the city will remind drivers to practice safe driving skills.

"I promise not to text, slow down for pedestrians, stick to the speed limit and don't drink and drive," said Lambordo.

Drinking and driving is something these officers will be looking for, so download the Drive Sober Georgia app from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Police also want to remind drivers to slow down for pedestrians out there.

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