COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia Law Enforcement officers are patrolling the roadways in full force this Thanksgiving Holiday. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety tells News Leader 9, more than 500 law enforcement agencies will beef up patrols across the peach state starting November 15th- 28th that's the designated holiday travel period for the Click It or Ticket campaign.
Police will use concentrated patrols and safety belt road checks to continue to push aggressively for seat belt compliance for the 10% of Georgians who do not buckle-up. A new Georgia law now requires pickup truck occupants to buckle-up too.
More than half the Georgians killed in car crashes in 2008 were not wearing safety belts, according to the GOHS. Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants in passenger cars by 45-percent, and by 60-percent in pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans.
"Georgia's high-profile seatbelt patrols and road checks are having a measurable effect on safety belt use," said GOHS Director Dallas. "Taking two seconds to buckle-up can save your life or the life of a loved one. It's still your best defense against a crash with a drunk driver this holiday."
According to statistics from the GOHS, more drivers are buckling up than in previous years. A recent study indicated 90 percent of motorists and passengers are using seatbelts and child safety seats.