Here’s one way to take part in Police Appreciation Week. Stop by the latest Coffee With a Cop, organized by the Floyd County Police Department in cooperation with Truett’s Chick-fil-A, from 8 until 10 this morning. This is the latest in a series of Coffee With a Cop offerings in Rome/Floyd County.
- 7:40 this morning: Sgt. Chris Fincher of the Floyd County Police Department joins us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss Friday’s Peace Officers Memorial Service, updates from the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety and the latest Coffee With a Cop.
The Calhoun Police Department is participating in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s “Click it or Ticket” mobilization and is part of the national mobilization set for May 20-June 2. Officers will be setting up safety check points within the City of Calhoun, looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers. Chief Tony Pyle encourages all drivers and passengers to buckle up and be safe this summer.
The Rome Police Department is experiencing community concerns about the operations of Off Road Vehicles on public roadways. Here’s an update from Capt. Chris DeHart, the head of RPD’s selective enforcement office:
Operation of an off road vehicle in the roadway is prohibited and may result in the operator receiving traffic fines as well as having the vehicle impounded. If the operator is a juvenile, the parent or guardian may be susceptible to formal charges. We are attempting to gain voluntary compliance; however we need your help in educating your friends, family and children about the dangers of improper operation of an off road vehicle.
It is recommended to follow these safety precautions in order to enjoy the great outdoors: wear the appropriate safety equipment, conduct a vehicle inspection, refrain from the consumption of alcohol, one rider only unless it is a UTV, and be vigilant of your surroundings.
According to O.C.G.A. 40-7-3, the term “off-road vehicle” means any motorized vehicle designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain and not intended for use predominantly on public roads. It includes, but is not limited to, four-wheel drive or low-pressure tire vehicles, two-wheel vehicles, amphibious machines, ground effect or air cushion vehicles, and any other means of transportation deriving power from any source other than muscle or wind…
1) Operation on public roadway is restricted. The operation of an off road vehicle on a public roadway is restricted. The operator must have valid registration, must have valid insurance, must have a horn, must have head-tail-and brake lights, must have a helmet, and the operator must possess a valid driver’s license.
2) Ride on Designated Trails:/Don’t ride your ATV anywhere but a designated riding area. Not only is this for the safety of others and prevents unnecessary wear and tear to your machine, but it’s also being a good steward of the sport. Ride where it’s legal and where you have permission to be! Don’t trespass.
The Bartow County Fire Department held a “Push In” ceremony Monday to commemorate putting the county’s new Heavy Rescue Truck in service. The truck will be housed at BCFD Headquarters on Ga. 20 and will respond to all Technical Rescue calls, vehicle extractions, water rescues and will provide personnel for structure fires all across the county. Additional staffing for the truck was provided by a federal grant.