Georgia Patrols to Crack Down on Drunk Driving, Speeding This Summer

2:14 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- Summer 2013, as reported by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, makes ten years in a row that police are bumping up the number of patrols throughout Georgia - to crack down on dangerous driving. 

Katie Fallon, spokeswoman for the GOHS said the boost in patrol is part of the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign. It is a strategy in which all jurisdictions of highway safety enforcement work to reduce aggressive, high-speed travel and driving under the influence. During the summer months, accidents happen from these two bad driving habits. 

"Temperatures won't be the only thing making the heat rise this summer," Director Harris Blackwood said. "From drunk drivers to aggressive speeders, all unsafe motorists will be feeling the H.E.A.T."

The GOHS 100 Days of H.E.A.T. campaign has been held since 2004. For 2013, the campaign will begin May 20, along with the Click It or Ticket campaign for safety belt use. 

Blackwood said, "To put it simply, H.E.A.T. is an enforcement campaign. If you're speeding, you're getting a ticket. If you and your passengers aren't buckled up, you're getting a ticket. And if you're drunk behind the wheel, you're going straight to jail." 

Information from GOHS told us that there were 1,115 speed-related crashed with 708 injuries in Georgia in 2012. GOHS reported that national research shows Georgia to have some of the highest illegal speeders in the country. 

"Throughout the year, sped, drunk driving and unbuckled motorists and passengers are the top three causes of fatal crashes in Georgia," Blackwood said. "That's exactly why we launch Summer H.E.A.T. - to save lives. It's not about ticket quotas and it's not about revenue. When more people are on the road during the summer months, we want them to get to and from their vacations safely." 

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