Georgia State Patrol soldiers call for road safety on 4th of July weekend

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – As drivers hit the road for the holiday weekend, they’re not alone.

Georgia State Patrol soldiers are out in force, making sure drivers protect themselves and others.

“We’ll be looking for speeding, texting and driving, impaired driving, so please slow down, hang up the phone,” Sergeant GSP said. Jeremy Hilley.

“Be careful, watch out for others on the road. It’s not just you there, there are other people, families traveling,” he said.

Hilley said 16 people were killed on Georgia roads over the July 4 long weekend last year.

He urges people to make a plan ahead of time if their celebration includes alcohol consumption.

“In some cases, people like to put sleeping bags and pillows in their car and crash on their friend’s couch because it’s better to crash there than on the freeway,” a- he declared.

Hilley was the one to tell people their loved ones were killed in a drunk driving accident and hopes he doesn’t have to do it again.

“The very first fatality I worked in was on Cinco de Mayo and it was a single vehicle and it was a son and he had just dropped off his mother and she said, ‘I knew I wouldn’t have shouldn’t have let him drive. It was very difficult,” he said. ” It’s hard. It’s the one you don’t forget. You remember every detail of the accident and the interaction with the family member. I would say it gets easier over time to talk to people and tell them they’ve lost a loved one in an accident, but it doesn’t get any easier.

In addition to available ridesharing services, AAA offers its Tow To Go program in the Atlanta metro area on holiday weekends. Drivers can call 855-2-TOW-2-GO and a tow truck will take them and their car within ten miles to get home or somewhere safe. It’s free and available to AAA members and non-members.

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