DNR and Other Agencies Host Memorial Day Weekend Safety Conference

Pyne Road Park is one of the most beautiful treasures in all of Troup County and beyond. It is one of the most fun, peaceful, and gorgeous offerings that the community has at their disposal and each and every year, the park grows in popularity. It is simply breath taking. As beautiful and care free as the lake and the park can be, it is still important to remain safe on the water, especially with Memorial Day upon us. This past Thursday afternoon, May 25 the Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Harris Blackwood, along with many other, held their annual meeting at Pyne Road Park to discuss safety and Memorial Day Weekend.

Officials from many different branches of law enforcement were on hand such as State Troopers, the DNR, The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Public Safety Department, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. There were many speakers that day including Mark McKinnon, public affairs officer for the Department of Natural Resources, Colonel Mark McDonough, the Commissioner of Public Safety for Georgia, Major Thompson with Alabama State Patrol, Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Weaver with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and John Whitney, the Chief Deputy with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

All of these men presented the importance of safety over Memorial Day weekend and how these intergovernmental partnerships are so vital to promoting health and safety.

There were some startling statistics presented that day. The first number was that over the course of the past five years, there has been an average of 16 boating related deaths per year in the State of Georgia. 75% of these victims drowned, a majority of which did not have a life jacket. They also stressed the importance of not boating under the influence.

This Memorial Day when you are out on the water with your friends and family, please obey the laws of the lake just as you would the laws of the road. These men and women are out in the hottest part of summers to make sure that everyone can enjoy their summer in peace and safety. Do your part and play by the rules this Summer season.