(ATLANTA) - Georgia State Troopers and Motor Carrier Compliance Officers are participating in three national traffic safety campaigns this week in an effort to save lives and reduce serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday period. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers and MCCD officers are joining law enforcement officers across the country for special enforcement efforts to encourage safety belt and child seat use during holiday travels. He said officers will also be keeping a sharp eye out for impaired drivers.
"Monday began the two-week long Operation Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement program," Colonel Hitchens said. "Troopers and officers will be strictly enforcing Georgia's primary seat belt law and also making sure children are properly restrained." Operation Click It or Ticket continues through Sunday, June 5.
Colonel Hitchens also announced that Monday began All-American Buckle Up Week across the nation and continues through Memorial Day. During the period, civic and community groups join law enforcement officers to educate the public on the importance of wearing safety belts at all times while traveling in motor vehicles.
Troopers and MCCD officers are also participating in Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, beginning with the Memorial Day holiday period Friday evening, May 27. Operation C.A.R.E. encourages safe driving through high visibility enforcement of traffic laws. The program is now in its 34th year and is sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
"This time of year is especially busy and the dangers increase on the highways," Colonel Hitchens said. "All three programs educate the motoring public of the dangers they face each day on our nation's highways. Obeying the posted speed limit, not drinking and driving, and making sure everyone is wearing a safety belt when you travel are the best steps drivers can take to prevent traffic deaths and serious injuries."