Christmas travel period ends, law enforcement gears up for New Y - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Christmas travel period ends, law enforcement gears up for New Year

Law enforcement is preparing for the New Year's travel period. (Source: WALB) Law enforcement is preparing for the New Year's travel period. (Source: WALB)
Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mark McDonough (Source: Governor’s Office of Highway Safety) Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mark McDonough (Source: Governor’s Office of Highway Safety)
(WALB) -

The Christmas travel period is now over but the New Year's holiday enforcement period is right around the corner.

Starting Friday at 6 p.m., law enforcement agencies will increase their patrols for the 78-hour travel period.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Safety want to remind drivers that there is a zero-tolerance policy for drunk drivers.

Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mark McDonough said the 'Graybar Motel' is not where you want to ring in the new year.

"Consider that if you're throwing the party, allowing folks to stay over afterward," said McDonough. "You can be part of the solution that if they're coming to your house, you can let them stay over to the next day. There are a lot of ways to skin the cat. It just takes planning. Don't wait until the last minute and take that chance of getting behind the wheel and hurting somebody else."

Officials said one-third of traffic deaths during the 2016 New Year holiday weekend in Georgia were because of drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Sanitary sewer extension could come to Shadowlawn area

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:06:54 GMT
    The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)The sanitary sewer extension would cover 67 homes in the area. (Source: WALB)

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>

    Community members from the Shadowlawn area met with city leaders to talk about a new sanitary sewer expansion plan.  The expansion plan would extend North on West Gordon Avenue, to South on Shadow-Lawn Drive, then east on West-town Road to the railroad tracks off of West Waddell Avenue.  City leaders said this project is long overdue for the homeowners in this area.  

    More >>
  • DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    DOCO health department hosts back to school immunizations

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:58:30 GMT
    Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)Vaccinations are required for 3, 4 and 5-year-old, and children entering the 7th grade. (Source: WALB)

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>

    Some folks in Albany already got a jump start on their back to school preparations.  The Doughtery County Health Department held their back to school immunization clinics Saturday. 

    More >>
  • How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    How to avoid mosquitoes this summer

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:15:11 GMT
    Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)Mosquitoes on glass (Source: CDC)

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>

    As the weather heats up and people begin to enjoy their summer, everyone wants to prevent mosquitoes from ruining their summertime fun.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly