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Rose City bike patrol returns

Elizabeth Rockwell lives in Thomasville Elizabeth Rockwell lives in Thomasville
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

The Thomasville Police Department's bike patrol unit is back.  These police officers are some of Thomasville's best, but you won't catch them in a car patrolling.  The bike officers caught a woman texting while driving, on Monday.   

Lt. Eric Hampton says by the time you notice them on their bikes, they may already have noticed you doing something wrong.  

"Those people who are not doing the right thing they are afraid of them and they don't ever know where they are coming from," said Hampton.  

The bike patrol was away for almost a year but returned last month. Bike officers say one thing they're cracking down on is texting while driving.   "They can actually ride up and see a person texting, an officer in a patrol vehicle cannot see that,  the police officers on these bikes their patrol vehicles allow them to get that close and see those things," said Lt. Hampton.  

Elizabeth Rockwell lives in Texas now but says it puts her mind at ease to know that her hometown still places value on giving citizens peace of mind.  

"Growing up, I always felt very safe in Thomasville, so that just reinforces the idea that Thomasville is a safe place, our downtown especially, we pride ourselves in having, a really safe downtown one that's nice for tourists, and also a great place for locals to come and spend the day," said Elizabeth Rockwell.  

While you may have four wheels to their two, bike patrol officers say if you try to get away, you won't get far.  

"Our radios work very well they can get on those radios and they can notify other officers who are in vehicles," said Lt. Hampton.

 

 

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