Summer HEAT Campaign Warming Up on Ga. Roads

As the summer travel season heats up, so are the efforts of area law enforcement to crack down on dangerous driving.

Georgia is once again conducting its “100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.” campaign.

The “Summer H.E.A.T.” campaign is a multi-jurisdictional highway safety enforcement strategy designed to reduce fatal crash counts during the summer driving period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said the police department is just one of the many agencies that participate in the campaign each year.

“In conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the ‘100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T,’ our officers will be conducting periodic safety checks around the city,” said Jarrell. “We will also be very vigilant in looking for seat belt violations, child safety seat violations, and also aggressively seeking out individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.”

Jarrell said motorists needed to remember to buckle up and make sure their child is properly buckled in to an approved child safety seat.

In addition, Jarrell urged motorists to not drink and drive, adding that people need to remember to have a designated driver if they will be drinking.

Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said the campaign is designed to tackle the top three causes of fatal crashes in the state, which are speed, drunk driving, and unbuckled motorists.

This year’s “100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.” campaign started on May 20 and runs through September 2.