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Summer Travel Safety


Even as gas prices are on the rise, most Americans are still planning to travel this summer according to a recent AAA survey.

The following are good reminders as you prepare to take to the road during this summer.

§ Buckle your safety belt – it’s the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekends

§ Put down the cell phone – 80% of accidents are related to driver distraction – and never text and drive! 2

§ Don’t drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment

§ Be prepared – take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you’re stranded for more than a few hours;  refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays

§ Turn down the music – hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene

§ Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, looking for CDs, and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble

§ Get plenty of rest – make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel, rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted

§ Take frequent breaks – stop, get out of the vehicle, and stretch your legs often

§ Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you’re bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short  - remain calm and courteous  - don’t let other drivers ruin your summer travel

  Travel safely and enjoy your summer!


Sheriff Dana Meade
167 Baker Place
Newton, Georgia 39870
Phone: (229) 734-3003
Fax: (229) 734-3022