Troopers Remind Motorists of Safety During Spring Break Travel

April 3, 2008



(ATLANTA) – The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers who will be traveling on spring break trips this year to make sure safety is a priority at all times.  Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Thursday that many school systems in the Southeast will be closed for spring break next week and that means an increase in motor vehicle travel across Georgia.

   “Early April is traditionally the time many people take their first extended trip of the year,” Colonel Hitchens said, “so now is the time for everyone to make travel safety a priority.”  The Commissioner said drivers should plan their trip carefully and avoid long periods of driving without a break.  “Make frequent rest stops along the way to avoid becoming drowsy behind the wheel,” he noted.

   Georgia State Troopers remind drivers to make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt on every trip.  Adults who transport children in child safety seats should check the installation to make sure the seats are properly installed.  “A child seat installed incorrectly in a vehicle is just as dangerous as the child riding with no protection at all,” Colonel Hitchens said.

   If you will be traveling for spring break, the Georgia State Patrol reminds you to always wear your seat belt and make sure children are properly restrained; avoid consuming alcoholic beverages if you will be driving; be courteous to other drivers; and obey the posted speed limit.

   Colonel Hitchens said troopers will be watching for impaired drivers during their patrols over the next two weeks.  “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of not drinking and driving,” he added.  “If you think there is even a remote chance that you will be drinking, go ahead and plan for a designated driver.”

   The Georgia State Patrol reminds drivers in Georgia to report impaired drivers with a free cell phone call to the nearest Georgia State Patrol post by calling Star G-S-P (*477). 



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DPS Public Information Office - (404) 624-7597