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Rural Click it or Ticket Campaign hit S.W. Ga.

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More of you will be on the roads during the summer months, and Georgia law enforcers want to make sure you follow the rules of the road.

On Wednesday they set up a multi-agency road block in Early County looking for all types of infractions.

But they're focusing on making sure people on rural roads wear their seat belts.

Public safety personnel from across South Georgia descended on Blakely setting up blocks to make sure drivers here are legal on state roads.

"We have four check points set up in Early County inside the Blakely city limits," said Sgt. Brent Allderman, S.W. Georgia Traffic Enforcement.

Two of the four traffic stops were on Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 27

In addition to checking driver's licenses and registration, officials want to make sure you're wearing a seat belt.

"We're going to be out on the rural roads and we're going to be looking for seat belt violations, and child restraint violations," said Allderman

They're especially concentrating on rural areas.

"Through this rural roads initiative we're trying to get the officers to concentrate on the rural roads in Georgia," said Tony Bobbitt, Governor's Office of Hwy. Safety.

50 percent of fatal accidents nationwide happen on rural roads. State officials say many people are ejected from the vehicle because they weren't strapped in.

"In a roll over crash if you're ejected nine time out of 10 you're going to be ejected into the path of where the vehicle is rolling and would be crushed," said Bobbitt.

In a five hour span 105 tickets were written for suspended licenses, no licenses, DUI's and improper window tint. Eleven people were arrested.

The Governor's Office stresses no matter what the infraction, a safeguard you can always take, is one that may save your life.

"The most important thing you can do is click that seat belt," said Bobbitt.

The rural Click it or Ticket Campaign ends Sunday.

The regular campaign will be in full force all day and all night from May 18th through May 31st.

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