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      Columbia Police putting the brakes on aggressive drivers

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The Columbia Police Department's traffic safety is team making their presence felt on the city's roadways.

      The traffic team is focusing on slowing down drivers before they reach congested city streets.

      Sgt. Derek Miller leads the traffic team and says Columbia averages 4,000 crashes a year and his team investigates more than 40 percent of all wrecks in Richland County, something he's hoping they can put the brakes on.

      "Right now Richland County is leading the way as far as deadly traffic collisions. We're trying to reduce those numbers with strong presence, traffic enforcement and also education and awareness of the problem that we do have," said Miller.

      Miller and his team use several tools to slow down drivers and any given day they are targeting speeders on Interstate 126 or conducting traffic safety check points.

      Miller says while they're working hard to make Columbia streets safer but hey need the communities help.

      "Everyone's trying to get somewhere so let's all kinda work together in getting there safely if you're in a rush it's not going to make that big of a difference if you're late, you're already late there's no reason to put your life or someone else's life in jeopardy," adds Miller.

      The team also educates drivers throughout the community.

      They coordinate the Alive at 25 program every year for young people between ages 16 and 25 and host driving safety programs all over Columbia.