Summer Ga. traffic safety crackdown begins

ATLANTA (WTOC) - The Click It or Ticket Campaign kicks off Monday in Georgia.

Police officers and state troopers will be setting up road blocks to check for seatbelts, proper insurance cards and making sure drivers aren't drinking and driving.

It's part of the 100 Days of Summer Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, or H.E.A.T., campaign.

This summer marks the eighth consecutive season that police are rolling out waves of enforcement patrols across 159 Georgia counties to crack down on dangerous, aggressive, and high-speed drivers, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T., will include enforcement of the state's new booster seat legislation, which requires children to be restrained in a child passenger safety restraint device until they are 8 years old.

"Once again, we're launching this year's Summer H.E.A.T. campaign in conjunction with the beginning of the annual May commencement of Click It or Ticket," said Director Harris Blackwood of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in a statement. "At its core, H.E.A.T. is an enforcement campaign so that means if you're speeding, you'll be cited. If you fail to properly buckle your safety belt or that of your child, you will be cited. And we can guarantee that if you're cited for drunk driving, you'll go straight to jail."

National research shows Georgia drivers among the highest illegal speeders in the country, according to the GOHS.

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