GAINESVILLE - The Gainesville Police Department has taken steps this week to better protect its officers and the motoring public by adding fluorescent chevrons to the back of our fleet.<br />
"In an effort to reduce rear-end collisions and make the patrol vehicles more noticeable, we have added fluorescent chevrons to the back of our vehicles within the Operations Bureau," said GPD spokesman KevinHolbrook. "In Gainesville the highest numbers of auto crashes are typically cases in which vehicles are following too closely or in better terms, rear-end Holbrook added <br />
"Numerous studies have shown that these fluorescent colors will improve visibility and conspicuity. Motorists can't react to what they don't see, the earlier the vehicle appears in the motorist's line of sight, the earlier their brain can react. The addition of reflective chevron markings on the back of patrol vehicles has been proven to reduce crashes from the rear."<br />
Two years ago the department had an officer injured after he was struck by a vehicle while working a traffic accident. <br />
"This officer was standing adjacent to his vehicle," Holbrook said. "it is our (hope) that we can prevent accidents such as this from occurring and protecting our best assets, our employees."
An intergovernmental agreement that has been in consideration for four years that would bring turn lanes and new pavement to the intersection of McEver Road and Gainesville Street is going to wait, at least for now.