September 20, 2008

Greenville ticket blitz focuses on I-385 speeders

By E. Richard Walton

An Upstate police task force of seven Upstate agencies wrote almost 200 traffic citations Friday to motorists in the city of Greenville.
Cpl. Jason Rampey, spokesman for Greenville police, the host agency, said the tickets included speeding, failure to wear a seat belt and running a red light. He said 17 officers participated in the blitz.
Once a month, the task force focuses on a particular area. Agencies involved include the Highway Patrol and police in Simpsonville, Travelers Rest, Mauldin, Greenville and Fountain Inn, as well as Greenville County sheriff's deputies.
In Friday's blitz, Rampey said, "the vast majority of those tickets were written (for speeding) on Interstate 385. They're doing a lot of enforcement on Interstate 385."
Rampey said the task force is handled by "mutual agreement." Each agency participates and all seven patrol areas get a similar blitz over a year's time, he said.