Sum­mer Safe Driv­ing Ini­tia­tive kicks off

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Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol is part­ner­ing with the Ten­nessee and Alabama high­way pa­trols as part of an East Coast sum­mer safe driv­ing ini­tia­tive.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from those three agen­cies and the Ge­or­gia Of­fice of High­way Safety met Mon­day, May 18, at the Ge­or­gia Wel­come Cen­ter in Ring­gold to dis­cuss this safety pro­gram.

The Sum­mer Safe Driv­ing Ini­tia­tive kicked off Me­mo­rial Day (Mon­day, May 25) week and will see ev­ery state along the East Coast work­ing to­gether to re­mind mo­torists to buckle up and to watch for im­paired and dis­tracted driv­ers and oth­ers who do not fol­low the rules of the road.

Lt. Don Stultz, of GSP Post 41 in LaFayette, said law en­force­ment will have a heavy pres­ence along In­ter­state 75 in a con­cen­trated pa­trol ef­fort to watch for those types of driv­ers as a means of re­duc­ing high­way fa­tal­i­ties.

Stultz said fa­tal­i­ties along the Ge­or­gia road­ways this year are al­ready up 33 per­cent from 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to a Ge­or­gia Gover­nor’s Of­fice of High­way Safety press re­lease:

The “Bor­der to Bor­der” ini­tia­tive will launch in con­junc­tion with the tra­di­tional May cam­paign of “Click-it or Ticket,” which fo­cuses on seat­belt safety for the Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day.

The GOHS will be join­ing this ef­fort by host­ing me­dia events in the At­lanta, Chat­tanooga, Sa­van­nah and Val­dosta me­dia mar­kets.

“The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ports there were 9,580 un­belted crash deaths na­tion­wide in 2013. In Ge­or­gia, those num­bers are de­creas­ing, but the state still ex­pe­ri­enced ap­prox­i­mately 341 such deaths in 2013. In ad­di­tion, un­belted crash deaths are more likely to hap­pen at night with 59 per­cent hap­pen­ing be­tween 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.,” the re­lease said.

“Seat­belts save thou­sands of lives ev­ery year, but far too many mo­torists are still not buck­ling up, es­pe­cially at night when the risk of get­ting in a crash is even greater,” Ge­or­gia GOHS direc­tor Har­ris Black­wood said. “We want to make this the safest sum­mer pos­si­ble. Buck­ling up is not op­tional. It’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death in a crash.”

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