Georgia Police Warning Drivers of July 4th Holiday Travel
ALBANY, GA – According to an online news report with albanyherald.com, Georgia safety officials are urging drivers to remain alert and sober during the July 4th holiday.*
Back in 2018, five people died in traffic fatalities over the short 30-hour holiday period, per the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS). This year’s holiday period is going to last 102 hours. This is because the holiday falls on a Thursday, which means that the holiday period starts at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday to midnight on Sunday.
The lengthy time period will be compounded by the fact that a record number of motorists will be going at least 50 miles from their homes. Specifically, the American Automobile Association is expecting 48.9 million Americans to travel, with 41.1 million going to their respective destinations.
“With a record number of travelers hitting the roadways this holiday, we want everyone to pack a load of patience for traffic delays and to put safety first by following the posted speed limit, not driving while impaired, making sure all occupants are restrained, and keeping your hands off of your cellphones,” the DPS said.
As a result of the amount of travel, state troopers and local police will be on high visibility patrols in order to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths. In the thirty hours last year, it was still deadly with five people who died in single vehicle accidents. The Georgia State Patrol was dispatched to deaths in Brantley and Brooks counties. Deaths were also recorded in Fulton, Cobb and Chamblee counties.
According to the online news report, “[t]he Georgia State Patrol is participating in both the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, a nationwide effort against impaired driving, and the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign.”
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