Georgia State Troopers Preparing for Memorial Day Weekend Patrols

May 18, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

 

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is soon approaching. Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the 78-hour holiday patrol period will begin Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. and end midnight on Memorial Day. Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers will be conducting roadchecks, high visibility patrols, and concentrated patrols across the state strictly enforcing seat belt laws and watching for impaired drivers.

“Speed, a lack of seat belt use, and an impaired driver make for a deadly combination on our roads,” Colonel McDonough said. Last year during Memorial Day weekend, Georgia State troopers investigated 455 traffic crashes that resulted in 299 injuries, and nine traffic fatalities. “If you will be traveling this holiday period, make sure everyone is properly restrained, obey the posted speed limit, and designate a sober driver if alcohol consumption will be in your plans,” the commissioner added. In addition to the traffic crash investigations last year, troopers arrested 322 people for driving under the influence while issuing 7,492 citations and 11,137 warnings.

Use caution as you travel this holiday weekend. Traffic will be heavy as graduation ceremonies, festivals and vacation travelers will add to the normal weekend traffic.  “Celebrate the holiday period responsibly and keep safety at the forefront of everything you will do,” Colonel McDonough said.

Today is also the kick-off of All American Buckle-Up Week across the nation. Now through Monday, state highway patrols and state police agencies from across the United States and Canada are joining together to educate the public on the importance of wearing seat belts while traveling in motor vehicles.

NOTE:  The holiday traffic fatality count will be posted and updated throughout the holiday weekend on the Georgia Department of Public Safety web site: http://www.dps.georgia.gov.

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Contact Information:
Department of Public Safety
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(404) 624-7597