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POSTED: June 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
ATLANTA — Summer 2008 marks the fifth consecutive year that waves of law enforcement patrols in 159 Georgia counties will be cracking down on dangerous, aggressive and high-speed drivers who place thousands of innocent lives in peril on Georgia highways every summer. In Georgia, it won’t be the humidity bothering habitual speeders this summer, it’ll be 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 began Monday on the same day as Georgia’s statewide “Click It Or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement initiative. Law enforcement agencies across the state are once again rolling out a full-scale enforcement mobilization to crack down on the worst speed offenders.   

The summer-long enforcement campaign is designed to make those high-risk drivers feel the heat on their checkbooks, license points and insurance rates. Disciplinary action for offenders may include citations for speeding, aggressive driving, failing to buckle up children or wear seat belts, and jail time for drunk and drugged driving. Highway safety data show speed, impaired driving and unrestrained driving still are the top three causes of fatality crashes, not just during the summer holidays, but throughout the year.

“The Governor's Office of Highway Safety 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 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,” Dallas said.
 

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