July 3, 2013

(ATLANTA)—Georgia State Troopers are gearing up for a busy July Fourth holiday travel period.  The holiday period is 102 hours long, beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 and ending at midnight on Sunday, July 7.

“During this period, troopers will be conducting concentrated patrols and roadchecks throughout the state,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  “Additionally troopers along with other law enforcement officers will be in highly visible locations, including areas on secondary roads. Past experiences have shown that a high visibility of law enforcement officers, increases safe driving habits and that translates to lives saved,” he added.

Last year, the holiday period was 30 hours long and there were two fatal crashes reported statewide. The Georgia State Patrol investigated 151 traffic crashes that resulted in 120 injuries, and one fatality. Additionally, troopers issued 3,765 citations, 6,591 warnings, and made 127 DUI arrests.

“Although last year tied the record for the lowest number of deaths during a July Fourth holiday period, motorists should still use extra care while traveling this holiday period,” Colonel McDonough said. The Georgia State Patrol encourages everyone to celebrate the Independence Day holiday responsibly. Plan festivities carefully and keep safety a priority. Buckle up, be courteous to other drivers, and use a designated driver if consuming alcohol is in your plans. 

“Troopers will be looking for speeders, seat belt and child restraint violators, and drivers operating motor vehicles while impaired.  Speed, a lack of occupant protection use, and an impaired driver make a deadly combination on ours roads,” Colonel McDonough emphasized.

From July 3-7, the Georgia State Patrol will also be participating in the nationwide traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E, or Combined Accident Reduction Effort.  State troopers will join other state highway patrols and state police agencies from the United States and Canada in conducting high visibility patrols and providing safety education to the motoring public in an effort to reduce the number of traffic deaths on our roads.