National Lifesaver Weekend to start holiday patrols

ATLANTA, Ga., (December 15, 2009) – Stepped up traffic safety efforts will usher in the start of the holiday travel season beginning with National Lights on for Life Day this Friday, December 18. The safety initiative is part of National Lifesaver Weekend sponsored by Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a nationwide traffic safety program among state highway patrol agencies to reduce the number of traffic deaths on our nation’s highways through education and enforcement.

Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said regular patrols, concentrated patrols, and road checks by Georgia State Troopers and officers with the DPS Motor Carrier Compliance and Capitol Police Divisions will be part of the safety efforts. Colonel Hitchens added that troopers and officers will kick-off the enforcement period with National Lights on for Life Day on Friday December 18 as troopers and DPS officers will patrol with their headlights on that day to call attention to the dangers impaired drivers pose on our nation’s highways. “Friday is National ‘Lights on for Life Day’ to increase awareness of the dangers posed by people who choose drink and drive,” Colonel Hitchens said.

State highway patrol and state police agencies across the country as well as Canada will be participating in National Lifesaver Weekend and National Lights On for Life Day with enforcement efforts and educational outreach projects. This is the 32nd year of Operation C.A.R.E.

“If you know someone who is going to drive or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely,” Colonel Hitchens said.