Staying Alive on I-75 Underway This Weekend

June 27, 2014

The Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety are joining law enforcement agencies in five other states this weekend to promote safe driving along Interstate 75.  It’s part of the ongoing “Staying Alive on I-75” safety campaign that was first launched in March.  All six states that I-75 runs through (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan) are participating in the enforcement effort in preparation for July Fourth weekend patrols. 

During the three day period, law enforcement agencies in each state are conducting special details on I-75.  Georgia troopers are checking for impaired drivers, distracted driving,   speeders, seat belt use, and commercial vehicle safety.  While these focus areas are something the agencies do every day, it is the second phase of the partnerships among the six states to ensure multi-state travelers will see consistent enforcement throughout their trip on the interstate. During the first safety campaign conducted three months ago, the six states reported no fatalities along I-75.

The state agencies offer the following tips for safe travels on the roads, whether going a long distance or a short drive:  

  • Buckle up;
  • Obey all speed limits;
  • Drive sober and alert;
  • Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo, etc.  Anything that can take your eyes off the road, even for a second, can lead to a crash;
  • Get plenty of rest before beginning a long trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination;
  • Plan rest stops along the way;  
  • Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip:  check tire pressure, fluid levels, brake lights, headlights, and inspect belts and hoses.
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