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05/28/04

Summer HEAT: Police Crack Down on Highways

Memorial Day weekend is the start of the traditional summer travel season, and this year 36 million Americans are expected to hit the road. Savannah-Chatham police and the governor's Office of Highway Safety are working together to make sure the roads are safe.

Police say get ready to feel the heat this summer, and they're not talking about the weather. It's a highway safety crackdown called the 100 Days of Summer HEAT, which stands for highway enforcement of aggressive traffic.

"What our traffic units are doing is aggressively seeking people speeding, unbuckled," said police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson.

Starting Memorial Day weekend more than 500 Georgia police agencies will focus on speeding. They hope this program will keep the roads safe all summer.

"Each year, thousands of people die on Georgia highways," said Wilson. "Chatham County alone, we've had 12 fatalities on our roadways and more are expected this holiday period."

The Summer HEAT crackdown starts today and will go through the Fourth of July and past Labor Day in September, so be careful driving, because police are out in full force.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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