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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2003 Thanksgiving Drivers Face 'Click It or Ticket' Law enforcement officers across Georgia began the latest campaign of Operation Click It or Ticket Monday in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. Robert E Dallas, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, made the announcement at the State Capitol, flanked by law enforcefi!ent officers from across the state: ' " OpetionClick It or Ticket is a high visibility seat belt and child restraint enforcement program to increase belt use and save lives. Law enforcement officers across the state will be conducting concentrated pat'ols and check- points throughout the two-week campaign. THE NOVEMBER campaign in Georgia is part of the nationwide mobilization of law enforcement officers to increase awareness of seat belt and child restraint laws. Nationally, seat belt use has risen to 79 percent. In Georgia, the most current survey found 84.5 per- cent of drivers using seat belts. "There is no more cost effective way to reduce injuries and deaths on Georgia highways than buckling up," Director Dallas said. "It's free." The focus of the Click It or Ticket wave this year is on teens and young adult drivers. National studies have found that people ages 16-20 are the most like- ly to ride unbuckled. FATALITY RATES for teens (15-18) are twice that of older driv- ers and the risk of crashes for teens is four times that of older drivers. Two out of five deaths among teens are the result of a traffic crash. Of these teens who died on Georgia's roadways, 57% were not wearing seat belts. High visibility enforcement relies on periods of intense enforce- ment of seat belt laws coupled with media outreach to let people know about the enforcement. For many non-seat belt users, and especially young people, the threat of a ticket has proven to be a greater inducement than the threat of injury or death. Last November in week enforcement effort, Georl law enforcement officers issued 19,852 seat belt citations and 2 citations for child restraint tions. Additionally, Click It or patrols also resulted in 1, for driving under the influence: drug arrests; 200 stolen recovered; 6,626 citations for sured motorists; and 852 arrests. By Clint Claybrook, BEST OF THE BEST - There was .some fun but intense competition at last week's Optimist Club Turkey Shoot in Hogansville, e Mask, left, won the shotgun she and Frances Robinson are holding. At right is Taylor Boy.r, one of the yoContestant, Not only will you start from the GROUND UP. You'll start with the GROUND ITSELF. There has NEVER been a better time to build your dream home. " LOW INTEREST RATES MEAN LOW PAYMENTS  Homes '-are 100% Complete. 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PLUS... 0% till May 2004 on all Home Appliances over $399 OR Free delivery on all Home Appliances over $399** Saturday 7 am till Noon Beat the crowds and Save Happy Holidays from Sears 11/29 only 'Exclude= Maytag Gem,hi, Neptune. wide by side. exception,I values and other exclusions apply. See =tore fo" deblll=. "'Free Standard local deity,P/. Outsid, Local delWefy Ire= customer pys In additional chawge. Rebate values local . ad lo*ll t4 vaffK *'0% fln4mcin9 whm you ule you Selt  will flxl and valOle AP up to ;4,90% M  13. R  v.. MInun  FE C    $1, if any due Regular credit lerms apply after the 0% period See store for ,ddtional details Absentee Votes Indicated Different By CLINT CLAYBROOK It was a report that a heavy absentee vote was shaping up that had some candidates for the Hogansville City Council on edge a week or so before the Nov. 4 city election. In fact, had only the absentee votes counted, two of the three City Council incumbents up for re-election would have been defeated. This is how the absentee votes broke down: In the Place 3 contest, Louise Phillips-Harden got 50 absen- tee voters to the 20 cast for incumbent Jean Crocker, who won that race. Beverly Weeks got only two of the absentee votes cast in that race. In the race for Place 4, Theresa Strickland received 42 of the absentee votes; win- ner and Incumbent Jack Leidner was the choice on 16 absentee ballots and Randy Harris, who finished third, got the remainder of the absentee votes in that race. In the District 5 contest, incumbent Jimmy Jackson received 48 of the absentee votes while Thomas Pike, who came out the winner, was chosen on only 22 absentee ballots. that was unusually high in town with so few voters. That seemed to some candidates' that there was an or; black vote shaping up and start some candidates dering how to cope with And that information mi have spurred the campaign that was a couple of days before voting took place. The final tally of tee ballots had blacks in all three races, although none came out :inally count. It turned out that intense round of tele calls in Hogansville started the Sunday before the election apparently what a few more people than been expected to go to polls on that Tuesday, Nov. THE RESULT was the three candidates were suppor[ed by the phone campaign all They are incumbents Leidner and Jean Crocker Place 3 and Place 4 res tively, and Thomas Pike. unseated Jackson in the Place 5 race, Here's how the vote broke down, absentees were included of ball&s slmwed that black candidates in all three cases led by more than 2-te- l among voters who cast absentee ballots. A few days before the election, Troup County Registrar Shirely Gunn- Walton told The Hogansville Home News that already some 60 absentee ballots had been requested by Hogansville voters; she said in LaGrange. In Place 3: Jean won with 303 votes cast for Louise Phillips" Harden and the 51 cast total was 254; Strickland received 230 Randy Harris had 98. In the Post 5 Thomas Pike had 311 to the 266 cast for Jimmy Jackson, Troopers Will Show Little Mercy To Bad Drivers During Holiday Georgia State Troopers will target impaired drivers and drivers who don't wear their seat belts during the upcoming Thanksgiving hol- iday period. Colonel George Ellis, GSP Commander, said Monday the upcoming holi- day period is the heaviest traveled holiday period of the year and also could be one of the deadliest: The Thanksgiving holi- day travel period begins Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. and ends 102 hours later at midnight Snday, Nov. 30. Traffic predictions from the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety are for 3,440 traffic crashes, 935 injuries and 21 fatalities. Last year during the similar 102- hour period, 19 people were killed on Georgia roads. There were 3,166 traffic crashes and 808 injuries. "Each holiday period, roughly one half of the traf- fic deaths recorded involve someone who is not wearing a seat belt," Colonel Ellis said. "Once again this year, the GSP is joining law enforce- ment officers across the state for Operation Click It or Ticket in an effort to save lives through enforcement of the state's seat belt law." Colonel Ellis said state troopers would also ly watching for drivers this holiday "With the Thanksgiving hol' iday so late year, the holiday also begins the party season," he said. Georgia State ly advises to use a sober ignated driver if be in holiday party Ellis advised. State troopers will participating in C.A.R.E., or Accident Reduction Effort The the International of Chiefs of Police encourages traffic through high enforcement of traffic If , car this Thanksgiving day, the Georgia urges you to plan your carefully, allow for delays, take frequent reS breaks along the way wear your seat belts at times. "If you will be hag with children, take time to properly cle," Colonel Ellis advised. The highest number traffic deaths recorded the Thanksgiving holida period was 43 in 1969 and tla lowest was 4 in 1949. Achievers Honored by Continued From Page 1A ious high schools attending the event were Sandra Parmer, Melissa Stanley, Jane Teaster, Linda Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bruce, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Strickland, Edna Sutton, Jazmon Griggs, and Mrs. Jay Smith, Mr. Mrs. Bob Knight, Belling, Conchita Deer, Becky Aul and Mr. and Mrs. Mart,] Luebbers. Optimist member Austi Cook III was chairznan for Youth Appreciation Week.