Troopers Caution Motorists to Use Seat Belts in Holiday Travel

November 19, 2007

GSP REMINDS DRIVERS TO USE SEAT BELTS DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

(ATLANTA)—Georgia State Troopers and officers with the Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance and Capitol Police divisions are joining law enforcement officers across the southeast this week for Operation Click It or Ticket, the national high visibility seat belt enforcement program.  The latest wave of the enforcement effort began November 12 and will end with the Thanksgiving holiday travel period on Sunday, November 25.  During the two-week enforcement effort, law enforcement officers are concentrating on drivers operating vehicles without wearing their seat belt or drivers violating the state’s child restraint law.

      Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers and state officers are conducting the enforcement efforts to remind motorists to buckle up and take the time to properly restrain children.  “Each holiday period, troopers and officers work fatal crashes where a person died and was not wearing a seat belt,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “Many would be alive today had they taken the two seconds to buckle up before their trip.”

       In addition to occupant protection violations, the enforcement campaign has already resulted in the arrests of drivers operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, or operating a vehicle with insurance.  Other violations so far have included driving on a suspended license, speeding, reckless driving, and expired registrations. 

      “Make sure everyone is buckled up and take the time to make sure child safety seats are properly installed in your vehicle,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “It is important for adults to take the time to read the child safety seat instruction manual to make sure the child seat is installed in your vehicle correctly.”

      With the holidays quickly approaching, the Georgia State Patrol urges drivers to use extra caution as they drive and remember to always buckle up, avoid distractions inside the vehicle, be aware of the posted speed limit, and don’t drive if you have consumed alcoholic beverages.  Colonel Hitchens also noted motorists can report suspected impaired drivers to the nearest Georgia State Patrol post by calling Star G-S-P (*477) on their cell phone.

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