Georgia Troopers Urge Safe Driving

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Georgia State Troopers are urging motorists to prioritize safety and avoid drinking and driving during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend and spring break season. With more people hitting the road, especially students heading to spring break destinations, the risk of serious accidents increases.

Colonel Billy Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, emphasized the importance of enjoying holidays and vacations without the tragedy of traffic accidents. Troopers will be vigilant in enforcing factors known to cause accidents, including impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and failure to use seatbelts.

To ensure safety, motorists are advised to follow these tips:

  1. Avoid driving impaired: Designate a sober driver or use alternative transportation options.
  2. Ensure seatbelt use: Everyone in the vehicle should wear a seatbelt, and child safety seats should be properly installed as per Georgia law.
  3. Observe speed limits: Speeding reduces reaction time and increases the risk of crashes.
  4. Follow traffic laws and signals: Compliance with traffic laws is essential for safety.
  5. Show courtesy to others: Respect fellow motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  6. Avoid distractions: Refrain from activities that divert attention from driving, including texting. The Hands-Free Georgia Act prohibits hand-held cell phone use while driving.

In case of emergencies, motorists can dial *GSP (*477) for assistance. Compliance with safety measures is crucial for a secure and enjoyable travel experience.

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