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Deputies hitting road in force this weekend
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This Memorial Day weekend, travelers will not only have to contend with a slew of other drivers on the road, but law enforcement officers, too.

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie has announced that deputies will be out in force through June 3 in conjunction with the Georgia State Patrol and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The increased police presence is for the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign and the Memorial Day weekend.

Concentrated patrols will be performed in high traffic areas on county and state roads. Capt. Mike Bohannon added that drivers should not think that the back roads are clear; deputies may just pop up there, as well.

“We’re gonna be everywhere,” he said.

Officers will be on the look out for seatbelt violations, aggressive driving, driving while under the influence, speeding and other violations. For the road checks, deputies will check for proof of insurance, driver’s license, seatbelt usage and proper child restraints.

Bohannon mentioned that the major violations officers see are driving under the influence, not wearing a seatbelt and children inadequately restrained.

Deputies will have zero tolerance for offenders so no warnings will be offered.

“If you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink,” stressed Bohannon.

Historically traffic injury rates have been higher in rural areas, as noted by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Most fatalities occur on rural roads and involve rural residents. And more than half of those killed were not wearing a seatbelt.

In 2005, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated in “Click It or Ticket.” The campaign is the most successful seat belt enforcement effort ever, according to the NHTSA. The two-week long enforcement occurs every May.