Click It Or Ticket Underway, Traffic Unit Gears Up For Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces and also signals the start of summer vacation with travel and fun in the sun.  Unfortunately, it also signals a rise in the rate of roadway crashes and fatalities across Georgia," officials say.

Eight people were killed in crashes on Georgia’s roads over Memorial Day weekend in 2013, which was actually down from fifteen deaths in 2012.  In an effort to make Memorial Day 2014 the safest one yet on Georgia’s roads, the officers of the Dalton Police Department will be joining police everywhere in the nationwide Click it or Ticket campaign beginning May 19 and continuing thru June 1.

  The goal of the department’s participation in the national mobilization is to influence motorists to buckle up every single day, not just the holiday weekend.

The Dalton Police Department will also be participating in the Memorial Day Community Celebration at Dalton Green on May 26.  In addition to the free food and family activities, Dalton Police officers and volunteers will be working with mature drivers to find a better “fit” in their cars to improve their comfort and safety.  “CarFit” is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Through the program, a 12-point checklist is completed with each driver.  Anyone wishing to go through the checklist will need to bring their vehicle to the area of Pentz Street between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Here are a few more safety tips from the National Safety Council to ensure a safer Memorial Day holiday weekend.  Drivers should:
• Refrain from all cell phone use behind the wheel
• Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in age-appropriate safety seats
• All children 12 and under should always be in the back seat
• Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
• Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
• Avoid driving while drowsy
• Designate a “non-drinking” driver – even moderate consumption of alcohol impairs reaction time and driving judgment

For questions concerning occupant safety laws, please contact the Dalton Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085 ext. 124.



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