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Friday, 22 May 2009

May 22--Georgia State Troopers and officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division will be strictly enforcing safety belt laws this Memorial Day holiday weekend.  Additionally, the law enforcement personnel will be watching for impaired drivers during their holiday patrols.

      The Memorial Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Memorial Day.  The Georgia State Patrol estimates as many as 2,725 traffic crashes, resulting in 875 injuries and 18 traffic deaths, could occur during the 78-hour holiday period.

      Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said Trooper and DPS officers will be conducting roadchecks, high visibility patrols, and concentrated patrols across the state during the holiday period.  “Last year, motor vehicle travel was considerably lighter than previous Memorial Day holiday travel periods due to the price of gasoline,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “This year, we anticipate travel to be heavier.”

      Troopers and MCCD officers will be concentrating on the secondary roads throughout the weekend as all of the fatal crashes investigated by the Georgia State Patrol during the 2008 Memorial Day holiday period occurred on state routes or county roads.  

        Colonel Hitchens said troopers and MCCD officers are also participating in Operation Click It or Ticket this week.  The high-visibility safety belt program is being conducted across the country to increase safety belt use in an effort to save lives.

        The highest number of traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the Memorial Day holiday weekend occurred in 2005 when 32 people were killed in holiday crashes. The lowest number was recorded in 1979 and 2007 when 10 people were killed.  The Department began keeping statistics on Memorial Day travel in 1969.


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