Law Enforcement say they’ll be ‘in full force’ as 4th of July holiday approaches
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – If you’ve noticed an increased number of patrol vehicles on the road, it’s no coincidence. Officers from agencies across the board are preparing for what they say is the most dangerous time to be on the road.
Law enforcement agencies aren’t just patrolling on the highways–they’re on road ways as well. “The message is very simple if you’re impaired we’re going to remove you from the road way,” said Commissioner Mark McDonough with the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Impaired drivers aren’t the only ones in danger of getting pulled over. Officers are also on the look out for speeders, reckless or distracted drivers–anything that could put others on the road in harm’s way.
“We have a holiday that starts on a Tuesday so folks are off starting Friday and most folks are all the way off until Wednesday, so we have a period of time where a lot of people are going to be on the roadways,” McDonough continued.
Especially during the months that are the most dangerous to drive, says M.A.D.D president Colleen Sheehey-Church.
“We call the summer months the 100 deadly days of summer, because we really want to look at these holidays are where our fatalities and crashes increase dramatically,” she added.
She suggests having a designated driver or even ride sharing with Uber or Lyft.
“Celebrate that person who’s going to be taking everybody around we’re not against drinking, we’re against drinking and getting into a vehicle and making that vehicle a 3,000 pound weapon,” Sheehey continued.
So if you want to avoid those red and blue flashing lights in your rear view, McDonough says there are a few simple ways to do it.
“Slow down, put your seat belt on and don’t text and drive,” he said.
Deputies say on Wednesday alone in Bibb County, they wrote 167 citations, and starting Friday they’ll conduct two DUI check points.
M.A.D.D president Coleen Sheehey-Church met with officers from the Governor’s office of Highway safety, Georgia State patrol and Bibb and Houston County Sheriff’s Departments.
The stop in Macon is just a small part of their ‘Drive Sober Georgia’ 2017 statewide tour.