Holiday Safety Campaigns Planned to Save Lives

Georgia State Patrol
May 20, 2005


(ATLANTA)—The Georgia State Patrol will be participating in three traffic safety programs in an effort to save lives during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday period.   Colonel Bill Hitchens said Wednesday troopers will be joining law enforcement officers across the country for special enforcement efforts to encourage seat belt and child seat use during holiday travels.  He said troopers would also be keeping a sharp eye out for impaired drivers.

      “Monday begins the two-week long Operation Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement program,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “Troopers 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 begins 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 their seat belts at all times while traveling in motor vehicles.

      The Georgia State Patrol will also be 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 27th year and is sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

      “All three programs are designed to educate the motoring public of the dangers they face each day on our nation’s highways,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “This time of year is especially busy and the dangers increase on the highways.  Obeying the posted speed limit, not drinking and driving, and making sure everyone is wearing a seat belt when you travel are the best steps drivers can take to reduce traffic fatalities and prevent serious injuries.”