ALBANY,GA. — Summer 2008 marks the fifth consecutive year that waves of law enforcement patrols in 159 Georgia counties will be cracking down on the dangerous, aggressive, and high-speed drivers who place thousands of innocent lives in peril on Georgia highways every summer. Let’s face it. In Georgia, it’s not the humidity bothering habitual speeders this summer, it’s the H.E.A.T.!
H.E.A.T. stands for “Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic.” The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. campaign is a multi-jurisdictional highway safety enforcement strategy designed to reduce high-fatality crash-counts during the potentially deadly summer holiday driving period from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays.
This year, H.E.A.T. enforcement begins Monday, May 19th, on the same day as Georgia’s statewide Click It Or Ticket safety belt enforcement initiative. Law enforcement agencies across the state are once again rolling-out a full-scale, high-profile enforcement mobilization to crackdown on the worst speed offenders.
The summer-long enforcement campaign is designed to make those high-risk drivers feel the H.E.A.T. on their checkbooks, license points and insurance rates. H.E.A.T. means citations for speeding and aggressive driving.. Tickets for failing to buckle-up their kids or wear safety belts.. And jail time for drunk and drugged driving. Why? Because our highway safety data shows speed, impaired driving and unrestrained driving are still the top three causes of fatality crashes, not just during the summer holidays, but throughout the year.
“So in 2008, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) will continue to coordinate one of the longest, toughest, and most ambitious Summer H.E.A.T. highway safety initiatives ever launched in this state,” said GOHS Director Bob Dallas. “Waves of law enforcement patrols including police, sheriff’s deputies, State Troopers and State Motor Carrier Compliance officers will help us crack-down on the high-speed motorists, the impaired motorists, and the unbuckled motorists who make highway travel a danger for the safe drivers across Georgia.”
“Our message to Georgia’s high-risk drivers is clear,” said GOHS Director Dallas. “Safety belt, DUI, and speed law violations will not be tolerated. So once again it’s time to buckle-up, secure the kids in their safety seats, drive sober, and obey the speed limits during the long summer holiday driving period. Let’s make them safe and keep them safe.”
Georgia’s Highway Safety Director says there’s another common sense advantage to slowing down this summer, and that’s saving money. With holiday gas prices predicted to spike around $4.00 for a gallon of unleaded, motorists should regard speed as a costly formula for both higher fines and fuel costs.
“Besides getting you a ticket, speeding, along with jack-rabbit-starts and sudden-stops wastes gas,” said Director Dallas. “Your car’s fuel efficiency begins to rapidly decrease at speeds over sixty mph. A lead-foot can lower your gas mileage by 5-percent around town and as much as 33-percent at highway speeds.” “So as a rule of thumb, every five miles-an-hour you drive over sixty is like paying an additional twenty cents-a-gallon at the pump! For high-risk drivers who don’t seem to care if speed is a killer on our roads, maybe now it matters if it’s murder on their wallets,” said Dallas. “Driving at the speed limit saves gas. We already know it saves lives. Why not do both this summer?”
Speeding is risky business behind the wheel. Today the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety issued this statewide warning to high-risk drivers: “The countdown is done and the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. have officially begun. Somewhere in Georgia there’s an officer with a ticket book waiting for speed law breakers during The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.
Story from WFXL Fox 31, Georgia