Seatbelt Law Enforcement Initiatives Take off in Georgia
ALBANY, GA- The albanyherald.com writes that Georgia is starting intensive law enforcement geared towards keeping people safe on the road during the holiday season. The “Click It or Ticket” initiative will be in full force for the Thanksgiving weekend.*
A driver who thinks they will get off with a mere warning can think again. Officers will be issuing citations for anyone in violation of a traffic safety law, including seatbelt laws.
Drunk driving is another major issue over the holidays, and State Patrol officers warned the public to stay sober or do not drive. The officers emphasized how serious they are by stating that they will lock up any offenders. They reminded drivers that real friends would not allow one another to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Of course, drunk driving is not the only major cause of collisions. Georgia's hands-free law makes it illegal to hold a cell phone or other electronic device while driving. Still, distracted driving is a common issue that creates major hazards on the road. Officers say to wait until you get to your destination to send or read holiday well-wishes. Not only is using a phone without hands-free technology while driving illegal, but the consequences also are much more serious and can be deadly.
Of course, drivers were told to buckle up as well. The risk of dying in a car crash is reduced by about 45 percent for car occupants who use seatbelts. The benefits are even greater in light trucks where the risk of dying drops 60 percent when occupants buckle up.
In Georgia, front-seat passengers of any age and backseat passengers up to age seventeen must use seatbelts. Up to age eight, children must be in an age-appropriate booster seat or car seat.
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