(Atlanta)—With Memorial Day less than a week away, the Georgia State Patrol is joining law enforcement agencies across the nation in the annual All-American Buckle-Up Week, sponsored by the Combined Accident Reduction Effort, or Operation C.A.R.E. This enforcement effort started Monday and continues through the Memorial Day holiday to educate the public on the importance of wearing safety belts while traveling in motor vehicles.
All-American Buckle-Up Week is also important because it marks the beginning of the summer travel season, a period with busy traffic flow and increased dangers on the highways. Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers will be making safety belt enforcement a priority this week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday. State troopers will be parked in highly visible locations and prepared to take enforcement action. “By promoting safe driving habits, we are ultimately saving lives. We want everyone traveling on Georgia roads to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,” he noted.
Colonel McDonough said that safety enforcement campaigns like All-American Buckle-Up Week are important because they educate the motoring public of the dangers they face each day on our roadways to promote safe driving habits. “All drivers should make sure that everyone in their vehicle is wearing a safety belt, and that small children are properly restrained in a child safety seat. Obeying the posted speed limit, not driving impaired, and making sure that everyone is wearing a safety belt are the best steps a driver can take in preventing fatal traffic crashes,” he added.
Operation C.A.R.E. is a nationwide traffic safety initiative that began in 1977 and includes state highway patrol and state police agencies from all 50 states and Canada. All-American Buckle-Up Week is the first of six Operation C.A.R.E. holiday enforcement periods of the year.