Preparations are underway on Georgia’s highways for the July 4th holiday.
Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope said that the DOT is expecting a lot of vehicles to hit the roadways this holiday weekend.
As a result, Pope said that the Georgia DOT will again restrict construction-related lane closures for the holiday.
She said there will be no construction-related lane closures on Georgia’s interstates or major state routes from noon today through 5 a.m. Monday.
“You could still come across lane closures for crashes or emergency work that needs to happen, but there will not be any construction lane closures over the July 4th holiday,” said Pope.
Pope went on to say that even with the restriction on lane closures in place, motorists still need to use caution on the highways this weekend.
“Just because there are not lane closures, that does not mean things are not different than the last time you went somewhere,” said Pope. “So if you are going somewhere you do not go very often, please slow down. There are still going to be work zones out there, but lanes will not be close. You could still have some lane shifts, some detours, some barrels and signage all over the place, so please just slow down and be extra careful.”
Area law enforcement officials are also urging motorists to be careful on the highways.
Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said people need to remember to not drink and drive and follow the rules of the road this weekend.
“We, along with the Georgia State Patrol will be out and concentrating heavy patrols on the main thoroughfares,” said Shirley. “We just caution everybody in Stephens County and the northeast Georgia area. Be very careful. Remember to buckle up that seat belt, put your child in a child safety seat. Watch your speed.”
Meanwhile, Georgia State Troopers and law enforcement officials are currently in the midst of an “Operation Zero Tolerance” campaign.
“Operation Zero Tolerance” is the state’s high visibility enforcement campaign that targets impaired drivers and it runs through Sunday.
The effort includes concentrated patrols and roadchecks to remove impaired drivers from the roads.
Also this holiday weekend, the Georgia State Patrol will participate in the nationwide traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort.
During Operation C.A.R.E., state troopers will join other state highway patrols and state police agencies from the United States and Canada in conducting high visibility patrols and providing safety education to the motoring public in an effort to reduce the number of traffic deaths on the roads.
Elsewhere, Shirley said that if people are able to get on the lake this weekend, to be careful there as well.