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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.

Biking to Better Safety

Biking to Better Safety

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of cyclists and the pastime they enjoy. Whether you ride a bicycle to work or school, or for exercise, National Bike Month is a great reminder of how to stay safe while biking on the road.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in Georgia, as in most states, the bicycle is legally a vehicle, meaning that general traffic laws apply to cyclists. And because bikes share the road with cars and trucks, accidents can happen.

Sean Sue, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at  Piedmont Hospital, says the most important safety tip for a cyclist is to always wear a helmet. “Head injuries account for two thirds of all bicycle-related deaths,” he says. “Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 percent.”

PEACHTREE CITY | State has no process to register golf carts

PEACHTREE CITY | State has no process to register golf carts

ATLANTA -- Georgia officials say there is no process to register golf carts in the state, despite a new law requiring it in certain instances.

Department of Revenue spokesman Jud Seymour said a law taking effect Sunday creates a classification for some carts called "personal transportation vehicles."

Seymour said the law requires the carts to be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles, even though most golf carts don't come with titles, which are required for registration.

Some places require emissions tests for registration, but there are currently no testing stations for golf carts, Seymour said.

PEACHTREE CITY | Golf carts face stricter safety standards on roads

PEACHTREE CITY | Golf carts face stricter safety standards on roads

ATLANTA -- Golf cart owners in Georgia will soon have stricter requirements to follow if they plan to drive their carts on roadways.

A new law taking effect Jan. 1 creates a separate classification of personal transportation vehicles for golf carts. It also sets standards for towns and counties wanting to create ordinances allowing drivers to use the carts on residential streets and multi-purpose pathways. The law requires that golf carts have braking systems, a reverse warning device, tail lamps, a horn and hip restraints.

The bill was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal this year after his predecessor, Gov. Sonny Perdue, vetoed a similar measure last year. It had backing from one of Georgia's key industries -- golf cart manufacturing.

'Drive sober or get pulled over' during the holidays

'Drive sober or get pulled over' during the holidays

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Police Department is actively participating in this year's "drive sober or get pulled over" campaign, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Officers with the police department and the Fayette County Sheriff's Office will team up this weekend to conduct targeted enforcement and checkpoints for people who drive under the influence.

As a friendly reminder to Peachtree City residents, the police department has released some recommendations for staying safe this Christmas and New Year:

* Plan a safe way to get home before the evening begins

* Designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home before drinking

* If you're impaired, call a taxi, hitch a ride with a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation

* If you see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to call local law enforcement

Roadwork scheduled for Highway 54 this week

Roadwork scheduled for Highway 54 this week

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Georgia Department of Transportation work crews will be installing a guardrail on Highway 54 eastbound at Huddleston Road in Peachtree City this Wednesday.

The work is expected to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16, weather permitting.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible, or to drive slowly if they must pass through the work zone. Crews will use barrels and cones to advertise traffic changes and alternate routes.

For more information about road projects in Georgia, visit www.dot.state.ga.us.

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

 

Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.