Friday, December 14, 2001

State troopers on lookout during weekend patrols

The Georgia State Patrol is joining other law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada this weekend for National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend.

State troopers will be keeping an extra close eye out for impaired drivers during their weekend patrols, said GSP commander Col. George Ellis.

"This time of year is especially dangerous on our roads and that danger is only compounded by alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers," Ellis said. "We are joining this nationwide effort because it focuses on driving behaviors that kill across the nation this is not a local problem."

Troopers will be conducting concentrated patrols and road checks throughout the weekend. Ellis said that typically half the deaths recorded during holiday periods are alcohol- or drug-related.

Motorists also are asked to help support the campaign by running with headlights on all day to observe National Lights on for Life Day.

National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend is coordinated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is part of Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). Operation CARE is designed to reduce the number of traffic deaths nationwide with coordinated enforcement efforts, high visibility patrols, concentrated patrols and road checks.

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