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All Georgia patrols to crack down on drunk driving, speeding

All Georgia patrols to crack down on drunk driving, speeding

(WXIA) -- Summer 2013, as reported by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, makes ten years in a row that police are bumping up the number of patrols throughout Georgia - to crack down on dangerous driving. 

Katie Fallon, spokeswoman for the GOHS said the boost in patrol is part of the 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) campaign. It is a strategy in which all jurisdictions of highway safety enforcement work to reduce aggressive, high-speed travel and driving under the influence. During the summer months, accidents happen from these two bad driving habits. 

"Temperatures won't be the only thing making the heat rise this summer," Director Harris Blackwood said. "From drunk drivers to aggressive speeders, all unsafe motorists will be feeling the H.E.A.T."

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

Construction workers to stand-down for safety on local highways

(WXIA) -- A team of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia and local government organizations are holding a stand-down at various construction sites around Georgia. 

As part of Highway Work Zone Awareness Week which runs April 15 - 19, construction workers will stop work along highways for one hour from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. During that hour, work zone safety training will be held for the stand-down. 

The training, according to the U.S Dept. of Labor, will help prevent certain dangers like texting and driving, as well as worker injuries from traffic objects and vehicles. 

As reported by an official, around 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment like trucks and trains. 

Routine road work could slow travel near northeast Atlanta

Routine road work could slow travel near northeast Atlanta

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be working on routine maintenance over the week of March 25 - March 29 that could slow traffic flow in some couties. 

Those that may be affected include Forsyth, Gwinnett and Hall counties. Although most road work will only require crews to close the shoulder or median lane, drivers are reminded to be cautious when travelling through work areas.

The schedule from GDOT is tentative, and may be slightly adjusted if emergency response is needed for an accident, or if any emergency repairs are required. 

Teri Pope of GDOT released the schedule for road work. In Forsyth County, crews will patch damaged asphalt on SR 53 and the Forsyth Hall County line. The will mow SR 20, SR 371 and SR 9.

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

GDOT Emergency Operations Center closing early Friday afternoon

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation closed their Emergency Operations Center early on Friday afternoon.

The center closed at 2:00 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for GDOT. GDOT decided to close early based on information from the National Weather Service, as it predicted that metro Atlanta will not be affected by severe weather conditions on Friday. 

As reported, the Northeast Georgia District (D1) operations center will remain open until further notice. The spokesperson sad GDOT will have limited crews ready to respond as needed on the roadways. 

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.georgia-navigator.com before making trips. 

 

Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

Where to report icy road conditions in your neighborhood

(WXIA) -- With threats of inclement weather looming, icy road conditions are apt to develop overnight. 

Counties surrounding metro Atlanta are preparing to treat roads before winter weather strikes. The 11Alive Help Desk has complied county contacts for you to report icy conditions in your neighborhood too.

Resource Page: Reporting Icy Road Conditions

If you come upon winter weather while in your vehicle, Safe Motorist recommends that you stay alert, slow down and stay in control.

Express lane toll hits $6.05 high

Express lane toll hits $6.05 high

ATLANTA -- The cost to use interstate tolls in metro Atlanta has soared in recent weeks and hit a new record this week.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that motorists paid a record $6.05 to use the lanes Tuesday morning.

Rates for the so-called HOT lanes on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta have steadily increased in the past year, from $4.70 in February to $5 in April.

Gena L. Evans, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority, said the price hit $6 at times last week and on Monday before setting Tuesday's record.

SRTA officials have say they've issued nearly 200,000 Peach Passes.

The I-85 toll lanes span about 16 miles from near Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285, to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

Briscoe Field will not go private

Briscoe Field will not go private

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Commission has unanimously voted against privatizing Briscoe Field.

Proponents of privatization had wanted the commission to postpone Tuesday's vote since they were short on support. Former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, a big backer, stepped down last week after pleading guilty in federal court to accepting bribes.

Opponents of privatization didn't want any delays. They had long expressed concerns over more noise at the airport if regularly-scheduled jet passenger service began.

Turns out Lasseter's vote wouldn't have mattered since all the commissioners voted against privatization.