Sheriff Andrews urges caution this holiday weekend

Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews is reminding motorists to practice safe driving habits as they travel throughout the state this Labor Day weekend.

Andrews reports his officers will be on patrol in full force for the Labor Day holiday travel period this weekend, “They will focus their attention on speeders, unrestrained occupants, as well as distracted and impaired drivers,” he added. The patrols will run through 11:59 pm on Monday September 2nd.

Here are some travel tips to keep in mind this holiday weekend:

Obey the posted speed limit. When you exceed the speed limit, you reduce the amount of available time needed to avoid a traffic crash.

Do not drive impaired. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, rideshare service, friend, or family member to help you get home safely.

Buckle Up. Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears a seat belt and that children are properly restrained in the appropriate child safety seats. Georgia law requires children under the age of eight to be in either a car seat or booster seat suitable for their age, weight, and height.

Pay attention to the road. Limit your distractions, and never use electronic devices to text or surf the web while driving. The Hands-Free Georgia Act prohibits all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

Do not leave children and pets in hot cars. Regularly check the back seat and back floor area for children and animals, each time you exit your vehicle.
Stay alert of your surroundings and show common courtesy to other motorists and pedestrians on the roads.

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