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Hands across borders to keep roads safe

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September 1, 2004

Grady County - With Hurricane Frances headed our way, the roads will be even more crowded than expected. Drivers, beware. If you're acting carelessly on roads this weekend, you might see blue lights in your rearview mirror.

Georgia law enforcement agencies are extending their hands across the border into Florida and other neighboring states to keep motorists safe. Captain George Whittaker is the Safety Commander for the Georgia State Patrol.  He says, "We will be working together during the upcoming Labor Day holiday period to prevent crashes and save lives. Once you cross the state line, you're not home free. There's no difference, it's just a different agency that will be out trying to make the roads safe."

It's part of the Governor's Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic. If you're caught speeding, driving impaired or not wearing a seatbelt, you're going to get in trouble, hopefully, before you get hurt or hurt someone else.

Whittaker says, "We just hope that this campaign brings to the public's attention what we're doing, to help slow people down, help convince them to have a designated driver and to help convince them to wear their seatbelts."

And with law enforcement agencies working as a team, they believe they can reduce the number of fatalities this weekend. "We're working together to save lives and prevent crashes," says Whittaker. Because saving lives goes beyond borders. This is the 13th year Hands across The border has been held.

Posted at 5:29 PM by karen.collier@walb.com