The Union Recorder

December 25, 2013

Be mindful and cautious on the roadways during holiday traveling

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The holiday travel period kicked off Christmas Eve and will continue through New Year’s. Law enforcement will have a strong presence on local roadways in the coming days as traffic is heavy.

Georgia highway officials will be stepping up road checks and patrols in an effort to keep our roadways safe through the remainder of the year.

The Christmas travel period begins Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. and ends Christmas Day at midnight. The New Year’s holiday period begins New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m. and ends New Year’s Day at midnight. 

Both holiday periods are 30 hours long. A lot can happen during these timeframes. Last year, Georgia troopers investigated 702 traffic crashes over the Christmas holiday period that resulted in 371 injuries and 11 fatalities, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The GSP reported that during the New Year’s period, four people were killed. There were 694 crashes and 353 injuries reported. Each holiday period last year was 102 hours.

Let’s all also make a concerted effort to prepare for extended trips by knowing the travel itinerary, the weather forecast and road conditions before we set out to our destination. It’s also a good idea to leave behind a detailed travel itinerary with a point of contact in case of an emergency.

Local law enforcement will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers. If you choose to drink, choose a designated driver, and be mindful of friends and family members who have been drinking to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

We can all do our part to help make it happen.

As the year winds to a close, let’s all make an effort to make it a quiet ending on Georgia’s roadways. We all should make a concerted effort to put this effort into practice the remainder of the year with Christmas and New Year’s approaching, and all year long as well.