The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded $10,500 in scholarships to members of its teen advisory commission. The commissioners were appointed to the panel by Gov. Nathan Deal. They asked for harsher penalties for teens who are caught driving while sending text messages or using smartphones.
Law enforcement agencies in Georgia are joining a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving over the Fourth of July holiday. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says the national celebration is one of the most dangerous holidays on Georgia roads.
State officials are reminding football fans to be responsible about drinking as the Atlanta Falcons compete in the NFL playoffs Sunday. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is encouraging people to designate a sober driver if they plan to tailgate or cheer the team on at a bar.
The Governor's Officer of Highway Safety announced data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed the state experienced 22 fewer alcohol-impaired driving deaths between 2010 and 2011 -- below the national average and below southeastern states.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says the state is on track to experience an increase in fatalities for the first time in six years. If fatalities continue at their current rate, the state will surpass last year's total of 1,226 deaths on the roadways. Highway safety officials are urging motorists to take extra care this holiday season.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has given the Georgia Department of Public Health $817,500. The projects are meant to offer technical assistance and resources to partner agencies statewide, develop community support for vehicle safety programs, and help evaluate program efforts.
After a spike in crashes involving farm equipment last year, Georgia agriculture and highway safety officials are continuing an effort aimed at reducing such wrecks. The effort is intended to raise awareness of the dangers of crashes involving farm equipment as the harvest season approaches.