Georgia Officials Issue Reminder for New Year’s Safety
GEORGIA – Officials in the state of Georgia are issuing a reminder to people celebrating the New Year to be smart and safe, as reported online by gwinnettdailypost.com. The holiday is traditionally one of the deadliest times for the state every year.*
Georgia officials want to see fewer accidents and fatalities in the state this New Year’s holiday, and they are encouraging people to use caution on the roads and arrange for safe rides after consuming alcohol. Last year, the New Year’s travel period was 78 hours long. Troopers with Georgia State Patrol responded to 370 vehicle accidents in the state, of which 205 resulted in injuries and five resulted in deaths.
Troopers also made 234 arrests in Georgia last year for driving under the influence and issued 6,542 citations and 10,680 warnings. The holiday travel period this year runs 102 hours, from 6 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2018, to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
With the extended time period due to New Year’s Day falling on a Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Public Safety is warning drivers about the consequences of poor holiday choices.
“State troopers will be keeping a close eye out for motorists breaking state traffic laws and exercising bad driving habits that would potentially cause a fatal crash,” said Col. Mark McDonough, Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner. “This is a festive time of the year, and we want everyone to enjoy the holiday season, but we also want everyone to be safe out on our roads.”
Firefighters are also reminding people to refrain from setting off fireworks and instead attend professional displays. In the dry winter season, fireworks can easily start a large fire.
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