Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

August 29, 2013

Keeping the roads safe

VALDOSTA — As Georgia and Florida authorities met Wednesday at the state line, the Hands Across the Border event serves as more than an act of goodwill between law-enforcement agencies from two states.

It is a reminder that the law will be heavily patrolling and enforcing traffic laws as we enter the long, and often dangerous, Labor Day weekend.

In the eyes of law-enforcement traffic patrols, the Labor Day weekend starts at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through midnight Monday.

Each year, the Georgia State Patrol also issues a reminder for motorists to be careful during holiday travels and a warning that troopers and other law-enforcement will be out in force.

Law-enforcement will be patrolling for impaired drivers, speeders, safety-belt usage, and for cars carrying children who are not properly restrained.

Troopers will be patrolling expected areas such as the state’s interstates, but they will also patrol secondary roads, because the majority of Georgia’s holiday fatalities occur on state routes, county roads, and city streets. Motorists can expect to see all law-enforcement out in force this weekend.

If traveling, drivers should ensure their cars are in proper working order. Check the hoses, belts, lights, tires, fluid levels. These precautions can save travelers from being frustrated as well as save lives.

Everyone should do all within their power to ensure this Labor Day weekend will be memorable for good things and not a tragedy on the roads. Law-enforcement will be doing all within its power to keep the roads safe.

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