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GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

GDOT video campaign to promote safe driving

ATLANTA -- Just in time for Labor Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation has begun producing a series of educational videos aimed to promote safe driving and cut down on the number of fatalities on state highways.

The initiative is part of the Federal Highway Administration's Toward Zero Deaths campaign.

Georgia drivers are already making progress in decreasing the number of traffic-related deaths. Last year, 549 fewer people died on state roads than in 2005.

"We are gratified by the continuing progress being made in reducing fatal accidents on Georgia highways, especially so as we approach another travel-heavy holiday weekend," GDOT commissioner Keith Golden said in a statement. "One death is too many, however. This educational video outreach is part of our overall effort."

The video series, called DriveSmart, encourages motorists to cut out all distractions while behind the wheel.

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."

State Road and Tollway Authority announces new head

State Road and Tollway Authority announces new head

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A longtime lawyer for various state agencies was named Wednesday to head the State Road and Tollway Authority.

SRTA's board unanimously appointed Chris Tomlinson, who has been serving as the agency's deputy executive director and general counsel, to succeed Gena Evans as executive director. 

In his current role, Tomlinson was providing oversight of day-to-day operations as well as legal issues for SRTA, which operates Georgia's toll roads. 

Before joining SRTA, he served as general counsel for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Technology Authority, Georgia Building Authority, State Properties Commission and Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission. 

Tomlinson has a bachelor's degree from Morehouse College and a law degree from Georgia State University. 

Evans is leaving the state government after heading both SRTA and, before that, the DOT. 


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.

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

'Wireside Chats' to address TSPLOST questions

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission has planned four more Wireside Chats to inform residents about the proposed TSPLOST sales tax and the projects it would fund.

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These town hall-style telephone meetings are coming up later this week, so mark your calendars.

Wednesday, June 13
Cherokee County, 6:15 p.m.
DeKalb County, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 14
South Fulton County, 6:15 p.m.
Clayton County, 7:30 p.m.

Roadwork to affect major south side streets

Roadwork to affect major south side streets

ATLANTA -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews plan to work on bridges on several major roads south of Atlanta next week.

The work will be performed from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., February 27 through March 1, weather permitting.

Stretches of road include:

SR 74 eastbound near Senoia Road

SR 54 eastbound between Deer Forest and Corinth roads

SR 138 eastbound near Ambassador Drive and Old Highway 138

Drivers traveling through the area are encouraged to drive slowly and use caution. Message boards, barrels and cones will be used to warn drivers of the work sites.