Seat Belt Campaigns Underway

May 21, 2007

NEWS RELEASE

DPS OFFICERS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL SAFETY CAMPAIGNS

(ATLANTA)—Officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety are participating in three national traffic safety campaigns beginning today in an effort to save lives and reduce serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes during the summer travel season. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Georgia State Troopers along with officers from the Motor Carrier Compliance Division and Capitol Police are partnering with law enforcement officers across Georgia and around the country for special education and enforcement efforts to promote occupant protection use during vacation and holiday travels.

            “Monday begins 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 child restraint law.”  Operation Click It or Ticket continues through Sunday, June 3. 

            Colonel Hitchens said, “Monday also is the kick-off of All-American Buckle-Up Week across the nation.”  From now through Memorial Day, civic and community groups join law enforcement officers to educate the public on the importance of wearing seat belts at all times while traveling in motor vehicles.  Georgia State Troopers also remind adults who transport children to take the time to make sure children are properly restrained and child safety seats are properly installed in their vehicles.

            The troopers and officers are participating in Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort  Operation C.A.R.E. encourages safe driving through high visibility enforcement of traffic laws and public education efforts.  The program among state highway patrols and state police agencies is now in its 30th 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 of these programs are designed to 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 seat belt when you travel are the best steps drivers can take to prevent traffic deaths and serious injuries.”

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