It may seem hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is now only a few weeks away. While this means more people will soon be heading to their local grocery store to stock up on the essentials, it also means more people will soon be hitting the road to travel to the homes of family members or friends over the long holiday weekend.
Those planning one of those road trips here in Georgia, however, should be aware that the State Patrol announced earlier this week that it will be out in full force now through the end of the year as part of its "Stop the Threat" program.
This means that troopers will be out in greater numbers on both high traffic corridors and rural roads looking to catch drivers of both passenger and commercial vehicles who are engaged in aggressive, dangerous and otherwise illegal driving practices, including speeding, tailgating and, of course, texting.
Some of the impetus for this statewide crackdown can likely be traced to the recent release of statistics by the Georgia Department of Transportation indicating that over one thousand people have already lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents this year, and that if the current pace continues, the state will see its first increase in fatalities in almost a decade.
In order to stay safe during the holiday season and beyond, state officials are reminding people to take the following precautions every time they get behind the wheel:
- Wear a seatbelt
- Obey the speed limit
- Leave a three-second interval between your vehicle and the car ahead
- Never drive under the influence
- Eliminate any and all distractions, particularly those posed by electronic devices
Always remember that if you have suffered serious personal injuries or lost a loved one because of the reckless actions of another motorist, you do have options for holding them accountable and, more significantly, for securing peace of mind.