Hands Across the Border
Law enforcement officials and traffic safety advocates join to support the national enforcement mobilization against impaired driving. The campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled over” has inspired authorities from Alabama and Georgia to join together for “Hands Across the Border”. Today’s event was held at the West Georgia Welcome Center on I-20, just East of the State line from Alabama’s Cleburne County. Jacksonville Post Highway Patrol Division Commander Sergeant Michael Payne attended today’s event and he says that the annual event is about educating folks and enforcing the laws to discourage distracted and impaired driving. He adds that one of the biggest problems State Troopers come across is a lack of seat belt usage. Officials say drivers are reluctant to accurately consider the machine they are operating. Payne says a car is a 4,000 pound piece of equipment with more than 15 gallons of fuel. And he wants drivers to think about the seriousness of safety when handling a vehicle. Georgia State Patrol Assistant Troop Commander Lieutenant Jason Blackmon adds that high speed crashes could have a better survivor rate if drivers and riders would just put their seatbelts on. He says that obeying the law is an important part of being prepared for Labor Day travel. Law enforcement officers from both states shared a symbolic handshake to express their pledge to cooperate in reducing traffic deaths and injuries during the holiday weekend.