Authorities target unsafe motorists for holiday
by Jessica Loeding
Dec 31, 2013 | 2541 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Those on area roadways this New Year’s holiday will see increased law enforcement as agencies gear up for unsafe drivers.

The holiday travel period, which begins at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight Wednesday, will focus on impaired motorists, speeders, child restraints and those texting and driving, the Georgia State Patrol said.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said the department would increase traffic patrols over the holiday period.

Bartow County did not record a fatal crash in 2012 for the New Year’s holiday traveling period, with the last fatality in Bartow occurring on Dec. 31, 2011, the GSP said. That does not include fatalities worked by local law enforcement.

To date, there have been 14 fatalities in Bartow for 2013, again those were the number worked by the GSP.

Authorities are encouraging residents to plan ahead and avoid the dangers of impaired driving.

For its part, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is distributing 50,000 coasters around Georgia’s busiest bar districts. The coasters will contain information on local programs that will offer transportation for would-be drivers during New Year’s Eve revelry.

Officials also are highlighting a state smartphone application, called Drive Sober Georgia, that helps residents locate cab and tow companies. While Cartersville is not among the cities listed, options for metro Atlanta, Cobb County and the state are available. They include the phone numbers and information for businesses in the area.

There were 1,119 alcohol-related crashes during the 2012 holiday period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Those incidents resulted in 679 injuries and 20 fatalities.