WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - West Columbia police are keepoing a close eye on the roads to crack down on aggressive drivers.
The department's traffic enforcement division is conducting several initiatives this summer to keep city roads safe.
Officers are focusing on drivers who are speeding and driving recklessly along with those driving under the influence.
The effort is possible in part thanks to a grant the department recently received.
"The main goal is to educate the public and to save lives; make West Columbia a safer place to drive through. That's our main goal. It's not all about just writing speeding tickets. You can educate someone just as much by giving them a warning ticket as you can a speeding ticket a lot of times," said Lt. Scott Morrison with the West Columbia Police Department.
Police say Lexington County continues to have a high rate of vehicle crashes due to reckless driving.
The enforcement initiatives will be conducted throughout July and August.
The department hopes the effort will help save lives, reduce personal injury and property damage brought about as a result of alcohol related crashes and other violations.