(ATLANTA) - State troopers are reminding drivers who will travel on spring break trips this year to make safety a priority. Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Thursday that many school systems in the Southeast will be closed for spring break over the next couple of weeks and that means an increase in motor vehicle travel across Georgia.
“Early April is traditionally the time that many people take their first vacation trip of the year, so now is the time for everyone to make travel safety a priority,” said Colonel McDonough. Drivers should plan their trips carefully and avoid long periods of driving without a break. “Make frequent rest stops along the way to avoid becoming drowsy behind the wheel,” he noted.
All drivers should make sure that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt, and that small children are properly restrained in a child safety seat. Adults who transport children in child safety seats should check the installation to make sure the seat is properly installed before buckling the child in. “A child seat installed incorrectly in a vehicle is just as dangerous as the child riding with no protection at all,” said Colonel McDonough.
The Georgia State Patrol also reminds drivers to be courteous to others on the road, to obey the posted speed limit, and to avoid consuming alcoholic beverages if you will be driving. Colonel McDonough said troopers will be watching for impaired drivers during their patrols over the next couple of weeks. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of not drinking and driving,” he added. “If you think there is even a remote chance that you will be drinking, go ahead and plan for a designated driver.”