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Safety is Number One for Georgia DOT

Safety plays an intrinsic role at Georgia DOT. One of the department’s strategic goals is investment in safety for all Georgians. Whether it’s motorists taking the interstate to get to work, or Georgia DOT’s dedicated workers building new or improving existing roadways, the department is committed to preserving safety through preventative measures and safety programs.

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Drive Alert Arrive Alive

This campaign educates Georgia drivers about simple changes they can make to save lives: buckle up,stay off the phone and drive alert.

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See & Be Seen

This campaign provides educational information to improve safety for pedestrians.

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Work Zone Safety

This program raises awareness for motorists to pay attention, watch out for workers and drive safely when traveling through work zones.

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Safe Routes To School

This program makes it safe, convenient and fun for children in grades K-8to walk or bike to school every day.

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Hands-Free Law

Georgia’s Hands-Free law requires hands-free technology when drivers use a cell phone or other electronic device.

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Teens in the Driver Seat

Teens in the Driver Seat is a peer program for teens that focuses solely on traffic safety and addresses all major risks for teen drivers. 

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Scholastic Youth Safety Partnership​​​​​​

Scholastic Youth Safety Partnership

In partnership with global children’s publishing, education and media company Scholastic, Georgia DOT has launched the Recognizing the Risk campaign in an effort to help better educate the next generation of Georgia drivers.

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Railroad Safety Program

Georgia DOT’s Office of Utilities handles railroad coordination and safety activities for the more than 5,300 public highway rail grade crossings across the state.

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 Operational Safety Programs

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Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety Device (ATESD)

School systems can apply for a permit to place an Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety Device within a school zone.

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Red Light Running Photo System

This system is designed to improve safety and promote compliance at signalized intersections.

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 Safety Benefits of Rumble Strips

One of the leading countermeasures to roadway and lane departure crashes is the installation of rumble strips. Rumble strips are milled or raised elements in the pavement, shoulder, edge line, or center, intended to alert drivers through vibration and sound that their vehicle has left the travel lane. Georgia DOT has invested approximately $16.6M in rumble strip projects in FY 19.


decrease in head-on, opposite-direction and sideswipe fatal and injury crashes when centerline rumble strips are installed


decrease in single-vehicle, run-off road fatal and injury crashes when shoulder rumble strips are installed

Red light running systems are designed to improve safety and promote compliance at signalized intersections. 

RLRPES Locations


RLRPES Request

Red Light Camera Request

Crash Data Request

Crash Data Request

Guidance for Permitting Red Light Running Photo Enforcement Systems
Permit Requirements Checklist
Countermeasures Checklist w/ Clearance Formulas
Samples: Permit Form | TE Report | Designs | Annual Red Light Camera Report
Impact of Red Light Camera Enforcement on Crashes NCHRP 310 Sysnthesis 310

Contact Information

General Operations Manager
(404) 635-2802

The Ramp Meter Program was implemented to alleviate congestion and emphasize motorist safety. Ramp Meters are traffic signal devices located on entrance ramps to the freeway. They regulate the frequency of vehicles entering the flow of traffic on a freeway.  

The meters work similar to traffic signals with a red and green light. All vehicles must stop when the light is red. Vehicles are only permitted to move onto the freeway when the signal turns green.

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  • Reduced congestion on the freeway
  • Decreased fuel consumption
  • Maintain steadier flow on the interstate
  • Increase freeway speeds
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