The Georgia Governor’s Highway Safety Office recently kicked off its tenth annual “100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.” campaign on Memorial Day. This multiagency Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T) campaign is aimed at reducing speeding, aggressive driving, and impaired driving throughout the state.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, law enforcement officers will look to combat aggressive speeders, unsafe motorists, and drunk drivers from causing fatal crashes in Georgia. In fact, the goal of this H.E.A.T. campaign is to reduce impaired-driving crashes by ten percent and to reduce the number of speeders and aggressive drivers.
In 2011, 895 speed-related accidents were reported in Georgia, resulting in 531 injuries; however, the numbers have increased to 1,115 speed-related crashes with 708 injuries in 2012. Additionally, fatalities involving speed-related crashes also are up from 35 in 2011 to 27 in 2012. Now the Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement are joining for these 100 days of summer to take part in this campaign—helping to make Georgia motorists safer.
Officers want the public to know that it is not about ticket quotas, but they launch this campaign every year to help save lives because the top-three causes of deadly accidents in Georgia are drunk driving, speed, and not using seat belts, according to Director Harris Blackwood of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
In order to save lives on Georgia roads, 16 law enforcement agencies are partnering together to keep the roads safer. What this means is that there will be an increased law enforcement presence to do the following:
- Ticket drivers not wearing seat belts
- Cite drivers who are speeding
- Arrest those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact us today for the help you need.