Local Law Enforcement Urge Safety on Roads for Christmas

Local law enforcement officials are reminding people to stay safe on the roads this holiday season.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that if you are headed out for the holiday, expect the unexpected on the roadways.

“Do not get distracted in your automobile by whatever you have playing or whoever you have in there with you,” said Shirley.  “Pay attention to the road.  Obey that speed limit.”

Shirley also said that people should remember to have a designated driver if they plan on drinking at a holiday party.

“If you do take a little alcohol at a party, please do not get out there in an automobile and drive,” said Shirley.  “There is no excuse for you to be driving while intoxicated.  It only takes one drink sometimes to put you at the limit.”

Finally, Shirley said that people headed out of town for any last minute shopping should also be careful in order to make sure it is a safe trip.

“Carry your car alarm with and if you feel uneasy about somebody, hit that car alarm,” said Shirley.  “Also, do not carry a lot of cash with you.”

Other law enforcement agencies are also urging caution this Christmas holiday season.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety said that this year’s Christmas holiday travel period begins tomorrow at 6 p.m. and ends Wednesday at midnight.

This year’s Christmas holiday travel period is shorter than last year’s.

Last year, law enforcement officers statewide investigated a total of 4,407 crashes over the Christmas holiday period that resulted in 371 injuries and 11 fatalities over a 102-hour holiday period.

Also as a reminder, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on the state’s interstates and major state routes all the way through 5 a.m. January 2.