LAKE BLACKSHEAR, GA (WALB) - State law enforcement leaders stopped at Lake Blackshear Thursday to promote a new campaign, "Make Your Summer Click."
Members of the Georgia State Patrol, Governor's Office of Highway Safety and Department of Natural Resources discussed how people can be safe on the roads and the water this Memorial Day weekend.
Officials announced that 63 percent of the people who died on Georgia roads in 2017 were not wearing seatbelts.
"I can promise you that a majority of the people who lost their life in traffic crashes that weren't wearing seatbelts would be alive going into this weekend had they made that decision, that really quick one or two-second decision to buckle their seatbelts," said GOHS Communications Manager Robert Hydrick.
That same initiative also aims to remind people to buckle up their life jackets when they're on boats.
The DNR said 63 people drowned on Georgia waters in 2017. Fifteen people were killed in boating incidents.
Despite the expected weather, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to boating season for the summer.