This year, Georgia State Patrol reported no traffic fatalities during the Christmas travel period. Drivers can help extend those statistics into the New Year’s travel period by driving safe and sober. It is also worth noting that Operation Zero Tolerance will be in effect during this time! New Year’s Eve travelers are urged to designate a sober driver to stay safe – and to stay on the right side of the law.
This year the New Year’s travel period covers the 30 hours that extend from 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and end at midnight on New Year’s Day.
During the 2013 Christmas travel period, GSP reported that 90 accidents were investigated, resulting in 51 injuries, with no fatalities. There were no fatalities reported by any law enforcement agency in Georgia at all during this year’s Christmas travel period. In 2012, 26 fatalities were reported in an 102-hour Christmas travel period.
In order to continue the positive trend so far, GSP is again urging drivers to buckle up, drive sober and drive safely.
According to a public service announcement from GSP, over the New Year travel period last year, GSP investigated 694 crashes in Georgia that resulted in four deaths and 353 injuries. Last year’s travel periods stretched over 102 hours. In 2013, the travel period is much shorter, just 30 hours. During last year’s New Year’s travel period, a total of 3,691 crashes resulting in 1,164 injuries and seven fatalities in total across Georgia. During 2012, 1,199 people died on Georgia roads, according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
GSP is reminding drivers to use extra caution when traveling across the state. They are also letting drivers know that state troopers will be on patrols and keeping a look out for impaired drivers and people not using seat belts.
“Plan your trips carefully and allow plenty of time to reach your destinations,” Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said in the press release. “Make sure everyone is buckled up and that children are properly restrained. Don’t text and drive, and obey the posted speed limit.”
Other suggestions include drivers planning for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of the celebrations. During last year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, 352 DUI arrests were made by GSP troopers.
“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,” McDonough said in the release.
According to the press release, GSP troopers are teaming up with law enforcement officials statewide for for high visibility enforcement patrols targeting impaired drivers.