As we head into the holidays, the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s commissioner appeals to the public to practice safe driving to save lives. He states, “As more people travel the roadways to visit family and friends, Troopers and Officers will continue to focus on motorists who break state traffic laws and exercise bad driving habits that could potentially cause serious injuries or fatal crashes.”
As such, both the state Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) will be conducting enhanced patrols throughout the state from 6 p.m. Dec. 23 through midnight on Dec. 26 and from 6 p.m. Dec. 30 through midnight on Jan. 2, 2022.
More travelers expected on roads
This year, authorities anticipate more motorists and passengers will be heading out to holiday destinations and celebrations. That, in turn, can raise the total of highway collisions, injuries and deaths. Impaired driving is a major factor in otherwise preventable highway deaths every holiday season.
How you can keep your family safer
Starting out with a vehicle that is in good repair is one way to prevent breakdowns, which can create traffic hazards that lead to wrecks and injuries. Check tires, fluid levels, battery cables and other key automotive components before setting out for your destination.
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
If you break down, having emergency supplies like jumper cables, battery chargers, a full gas can and a basic tool kit available can literally be a lifesaver. If your holiday plans take you to regions where snow and ice are likely, make sure you include items like ice scrapers, blankets and extra food.
Watch out for unsafe drivers
Pay attention to other drivers with whom you share the road. Weaving, driving erratically and crossing the highway dividing lines can all be indicators of an impaired or distracted driver. Make sure to give them a wide berth and consider reporting them to the authorities when it is safe for you to do so.
If an accident occurs
Sometimes, there is no way to avoid a collision with an at-fault driver. If you are injured in an auto accident this holiday season, understand your rights under Georgia law to seek compensation for your damages, injuries and other losses.