Law Enforcement Urge Traffic Safety

Law enforcement agencies are also preparing for a busy holiday weekend on the roadways with extra patrols.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said people need to remember to drive safely and obey the speed limit and other laws of the road.

“Please buckle up and always be looking in your rear view mirror on both sides of your vehicle,” said Shirley. “Just watch out for anybody that may not be driving as they should be.”

Meanwhile, law enforcement authorities also said they will be keeping a close eye out for impaired drivers now through the end of the year.

Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark McDonough said they will be patrolling throughout the upcoming holiday period with enforcement emphasis on impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers, and drivers exceeding the speed limit.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Shirley said that if people are traveling and expecting to arrive home late, they should leave the light on for when they get home.

“If they leave and they think they are coming back late at night, go ahead and leave the outside lights on,” said Shirley. “You just have to be very careful.”

Meanwhile, for those who still have some last-minute holiday shopping to take care of, Shirley encouraged them to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

“I would encourage them to have a fully charged cell phone and if they have a remote for their car alarm, that is a good thing to have in their hand when they exit the car and return to the car,” said Shirley. “Perhaps put Christmas gifts in the trunk of the car, instead of the back seat.”

McDonough also reminded drivers to plan travels carefully and make sure their vehicle is ready for a long trip by checking the tire pressure; making sure the windshield wiper blades are not cracked; checking all headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and tag lights to make sure they are working; and checking the vehicle’s fluid levels.