Georgia Troopers to Participate in National Lifesaver Weekend

December 13, 2010

NEWS RELEASE

(ATLANTA) - The Georgia State Patrol will join state traffic enforcement agencies across the United States and Canada for National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend on December 17-19.  This is the 19th year of the safety program that encourages safe travel during the upcoming Christmas holiday travel period. 

Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said state troopers will be watching for impaired drivers during their weekend patrols.  “We are joining this nationwide effort because it focuses on driving behaviors that kill across the nation and this is not just a local problem,” he said.  “This time of year is especially dangerous on our roads and that danger is only compounded by alcohol and drug impaired drivers.” 

            Colonel Hitchens said Georgia State Troopers and Motor Carrier Compliance Division Officers will be also be participating in National Lights On for Life Day on Friday, December 17 to remind drivers not to drink and drive.  On that day, troopers and officers will patrol throughout the day with their headlights on to call attention to the dangers impaired drivers pose on the nation’s highways. 

National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend is coordinated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a campaign of Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort.  Operation C.A.R.E. is designed to reduce the number of traffic deaths nationwide through coordinated enforcement efforts, including high visibility patrols, concentrated patrols and road checks.

 

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