Troopers will step up enforcement over the Fourth

The Georgia State Patrol is continuing its enforcement efforts to intercept impaired drivers this summer as the peak period of travel approaches. July is typically the month when summer motor vehicle travel is heaviest across the state, and troopers are watching for impaired drivers, motorists who are not buckling up, and adults not properly restraining children.

More than a month into the 2012 campaign of "100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.," state troopers across Georgia have arrested 1,432 people for driving under the influence and issued more than 5,400 citations for seat belt violations. There have been 962 citations for child restraint violations. H.E.A.T., or Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic, is a program coordinated in Georgia by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Troopers will be patrolling during the upcoming July Fourth holiday travel period. This year, the July 4th period is 30 hours long beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and ending at midnight July 4.

Last year during a 78-hour holiday period, the GSP investigated 320 traffic crashes in the state that resulted in 284 injuries and 13 traffic deaths. Four of the deaths involved an impaired driver; eight victims were not properly restrained; one was a pedestrian; and one was a motorcyclist.

The GSP reminds all drivers who will be traveling this summer to plan trips carefully in advance; make sure everyone is properly restrained; and use a designated driver if you have consumed alcohol.