Concentrated Patrols Set For National Lifesaver Weekend

December 17, 2007

(ATLANTA) - The Georgia State Patrol is planning stepped up enforcement efforts this coming weekend to take impaired drivers off the roads.  The efforts are part of National Lifesaver Weekend sponsored by Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. 

      Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Georgia State Troopers and officers with the DPS Motor Carrier Compliance and Capitol Police Divisions will be participating in the enforcement efforts through regular patrols, concentrated patrols, and road checks.  Additionally, Colonel Hitchens announced that troopers and DPS officers will patrol with their headlights on this coming Friday, December 21 to call attention to the dangers impaired drivers pose on our nation's highways.  "Friday is National 'Lights on for Life Day' to increase awareness of the dangers posed by people who drink and drive," Colonel Hitchens said.

      State highway patrol and state police agencies across the country as well as Canada will be participating in National Lifesaver Weekend and National Lights On for Life Day with enforcement efforts and educational outreach projects.  Operation C.A.R.E. is now in its 30th year and is a program of state law enforcement agencies to promote traffic safety.  "No matter where you travel this weekend, state troopers and state police officers will be conducting high visibility patrols to increase driver awareness and reduce the number of alcohol related traffic crashes across the country," Colonel Hitchens said.

      He urged everyone to promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways by calling Star G-S-P (*477) on your cell phone.  You will be connected to the nearest Georgia State Patrol post.  Colonel Hitchens also asked everyone to help law enforcement keep the roads safe this holiday season by reporting impaired drivers.  "If you know someone who is about to operate a motor vehicle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely," he said.

      The Christmas holiday travel period begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight December 25.  The New Year's holiday travel period begins Friday, December 28 at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight January 1, 2008.  Both holiday periods are 102 hours long.

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