Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews hosted the Governor’s Office of Hwy Safety along with other law enforcement agencies this past Friday evening for a meal and training at the VFW Post 5456 in Elberton.
After the meal and training portion of the evening teams from Barrow County, the Winder Police Department, Auburn Police Department, Elberton Police Department, Athens-Clarke Police Department, Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s office, State Probation office, and the Georgia State Patrol took to the roads to do traffic safety checks in various areas of Elbert County.
Sheriff Andrews stated “Many deaths are due to preventable crashes. Change your driving behavior. Distracted driving is a primary factor in many fatalities. So are impaired driving, driving too fast for conditions and failure to wear a seatbelt. Take responsibility to protect yourself, your passengers, other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Follow these steps every time you get behind the wheel.”
During the evening multiple traffic stops were reported with most of the arrests made being Driving under the influence.
Sheriff Andrews cautions all moptorist to designate a driver for the rest of this holiday weekend. Georgia has already experienced four traffic deaths since the beginning of the Labor Day Holiday period. The Labor Day holiday period ends at 11:59 pm tonight.
Last year, troopers investigated 490 crashes, which resulted in 296 injuries. Eight of those were fatal crashes, killing eight people. In addition to crash investigations, troopers and motor carrier officers wrote 9,008 citations; 12,180 warnings; and arrested 332 motorists for driving under the influence.