Target Zero to be implemented in Lexington County to patrol aggressive drivers

Target Zero

Target Zero press conference Wednesday.

Patrols from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will be stepping up enforcement. Target Zero took aim at aggressive and distracted driver Wednesday. Target Zero was launched with Sheriff Jay Koon, along with members of the S.C. Highway Department, Department of Natural Resources and the Columbia Police.

It is a joint effort to stop aggressive and distracted driving, explained Capt. Ricky Grubbs. He is the commander of S.C. Highway Patrol’s Troop One, which includes Lexington and Richland counties.  Grubbs spoke at a press conference on Bluff Road, across from Williams-Brice Stadium.

As a part of Target Zero increased patrols will be placed along the I-26 corridor, and US 1. More officers will be assigned to I-20 and I-77 too.

Troopers would be flying with Department of Natural Resource officers- some of who were present- to identify aggressive driving from the air. The eye in the sky will then radio to Troopers on the ground and head off the offenders.

Moving in and out of traffic, tailgating and passing in emergency lanes, in addition to speeding, are the types behavior that Target Zero wants to address, said Grubbs.

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