As folks prepare to hit the road this holiday weekend, authorities are reminding you to stay safe.
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety offers these tips to help you arrive alive and possibly avoid receiving a ticket.
- Leave earlier for your destination because the extra traffic on the road may increase travel times.
- Don’t try to make up time by speeding.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing their seat belts and all children under 8 are riding in an approved child passenger safety seat.
- Plan rest stops as needed and alternate drivers if possible.
- Limit driver distractions by staying off phones. Find a safe place to pull off the road if you need to speak to someone or check your navigation.
The Georgia State Patrol says they are looking for three big things: speeding, drinking while driving, and now distracted driving following the hands-free driving law.
“If you have that device in your hand, you are in violation of the law. The law is very clear on that,” says Harris Blackwood, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Last year, GSP handed out 8,400 tickets and report 448 accidents. The Georgia Department of Public Safety reports 9 fatalities in car accidents over Labor Day weekend.
GSP believes the hands free law will save lives.
“I believe it will help those numbers.. if you ever drive behind someone and you see them weaving back and forth and you think they are drunk, but they are actually just texting and on the phone, they are just as hazardous as somebody that is impaired,” says Sgt. David Bullock.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety suggests ride sharing, calling a taxi or taking advantage of AAA’s Tow-To-Go program if you will be drinking over the weekend.
“A DUI in Georgia can cost you $10,000 or more depending on the choices you make,” says Blackwood.
AAA’s Tow-To-Go program is offering free tows and rides up to 10 miles from Friday, August 31 until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4. Those interested in the free ride can visit https://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx for more information or call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO during Labor Day weekend.