La­bor Day traf­fic ex­pected to be heavy

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and child re­straint vi­o­la­tions as well as im­paired driv­ers.

“Dur­ing the 2008 La­bor Day hol­i­day travel pe­riod, there were 19 traf­fic fatal­i­ties, and 76 per­cent of the peo­ple killed in car crashes had no safety equip­ment in use,” Colonel Hitchens said. “Ad­di­tion­ally, four of the traf­fic deaths were al­co­hol-re­lated.” The 19 traf­fic deaths in­cluded two mo­tor­cy­clists.

The La­bor Day hol­i­day pe­riod will end the twoweek na­tional mo­bi­liza­tion of “Drunk Driv­ing. Over the Limit. Un­der Ar­rest.” Since Au­gust 21, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers across the coun­try have been con­cen­trat­ing on im­paired driv­ers in an ef­fort to re­duce the num­ber of al­co­hol-re­lated traf­fic deaths. “The mes­sage is sim­ple: if you drive im­paired, you will be ar­rested and taken to jail,” Colonel Hitchens said. “Plan your hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties care­fully and be sure to in­clude a des­ig­nated driver if al­co­hol con­sump­tion will be in your plans.”

The com­mis­sioner re­minds mo­torists they may re­port sus­pected im­paired driv­ers to the near- est Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol post by call­ing Star G-SP (*477) from their cell phones.

Colonel Hitchens also re­minds driv­ers to plan their hol­i­day trav­els care­fully as well. “La­bor Day week­end is the end of the sum­mer travel sea­son but also the first full week­end of col­lege foot­ball games,” he said. “Ad­di­tion­ally, mo­torists should be pre­pared for in­creased traf­fic as NASCAR fans gather for week­end races at At­lanta Mo­tor Speed­way.”

The La­bor Day travel pe­riod is also an Op­er­a­tion C.A.R.E. hol­i­day pe­riod. Op­er­a­tion C.A.R.E., or Com­bined Ac­ci­dent Re­duc­tion Ef­fort, is a pro­gram of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice that unites state high­way pa­trols across the na­tion and Canada. The pro­gram’s goal is to re­duce traf­fic deaths through high vis­i­bil­ity en­force­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

The high­est num­ber of traf­fic deaths recorded over a La­bor Day hol­i­day pe­riod was in 1968 when 35 peo­ple were killed and the low­est occurred in 1939 and 1995 with seven.

Traf­fic is ex­pected to be heavy dur­ing the La­bor Day week­end, and po­lice will be out in force as part of Op­er­a­tion Zero Tol­er­ance.

Drive care­fully:

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