(ATLANTA) – The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to plan carefully before hitting the highways during the New Year’s holiday travel period. Troopers are also cautioning drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of the celebrations.
Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Georgia State Troopers are patrolling throughout the holiday period with enforcement emphasis on impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers, and drivers exceeding the speed limit.
The New Year’s holiday period began Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Tuesday night, January 1, 2012. The holiday period is 102-hours long.
Last year during the New Year’s holiday period, troopers investigated 296 traffic crashes in Georgia that resulted in 172 injuries and 7 traffic deaths. During holiday period patrols, 262 people were arrested for driving under the influence.
Colonel McDonough reminds drivers to plan their travels carefully. Make sure the motor vehicle is ready for a long trip by checking the pressure in the tires; making sure the windshield wiper blades are not cracked; checking that all headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and tag lights are working; and checking the vehicle’s fluid levels. “Before leaving on the trip, make sure everyone is properly restrained, take frequent rest stops along the way, and don’t speed,” he said.