Category Archives: People

Deal Announces Launch of ‘See Something, Send Something’

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of “See Something, Send Something,” a smartphone app that directs citizen concerns to local law enforcement. “See Something, Send Something” operates nationwide, allowing citizens to report suspicious activity and join in the fight against terrorism and criminal activity.

“As technology continues to drastically change our world, public safety remains a top priority,” said Deal. “While we work to make our state a safer place to live, work and raise a family, Georgia citizens and law enforcement must cooperate to deter crime and report suspected terrorism within our communities. This launch of ‘See Something, Send Something’ is the latest step in ensuring that Georgia is not only the No. 1 state for business, but also the safest state to call home.”

“See Something, Send Something” provides a platform to capture a photo of suspicious activity or send in information with written text. Information received in the app is sent directly to the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC) where the tips can be evaluated and provided to law enforcement across the state as needed. The application is available at no cost for iPhone and Android phone users, as well as iPad users.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency have led efforts to implement the “See Something, Send Something” system in Georgia.

“No matter how hard we work to ensure that our communities are safe, inevitably some people will seek to do harm to others,” said DPS Commissioner Mark W. McDonough. “One way citizens can help keep our cities safe is to assist law enforcement by immediately making reports of suspicious activity, and this application provides an easy way to do just that.”

The service, provided by My Mobile Witness, Inc., uses privacy protection software to safeguard users’ personal information and the integrity of tips. The system allows citizens to engage with GISAC without tracking locations or storing any personal information. Submitted tips are immediately removed from the mobile device and purged from the My Mobile Witness system following delivery to GISAC.

This system is not intended for emergency situations. For situations requiring immediate response, call 911 or your local law enforcement directly.

Georgia is the tenth state to participate in “See Something, Send Something.” The service is already available in Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

7 out of 10 Deaths on Georgia Roads are Preventable

ATLANTA, GA – Of the 1,549 people who died on Georgia’s roads in 2017, upwards of a thousand could be alive today if the involved driver had chosen a different driving behavior – like driving alert, eliminating distractions, paying attention, driving at a safe speed and requiring seat belt use for everyone in the vehicle.

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After a decade of steady declines in roadway fatalities in Georgia, the last three years saw a 32 percent increase. While fatalities decreased by about one percent from 2016 to 2017, pedestrian deaths surged a staggering 11 percent.

“We attribute 70 percent of last year’s traffic fatalities to driver behavior – distraction, impairment or driving too fast for conditions,” said State Traffic Engineer Andrew Heath. “Other red flags are the huge spike in pedestrian fatalities and that—while seatbelts are proven to save lives—56 percent of victims in fatality crashes were identified as not wearing a seatbelt.”

Other statistics from 2017 demonstrate that drivers are just not paying attention.

  • 44% of non-pedestrian fatalities are from single vehicle crashes
  • 55% of non-pedestrian fatalities are from drivers veering out of their lane

Continuing the effort to educate drivers to change behavior, Georgia DOT has relaunched its Drive Alert Arrive Alive safety campaign with a new creative approach that implores drivers to make simple changes in their driving behavior to save lives: buckle up; eliminate distractions and drive alert. Watch for new bus back ads, a wrapped Drive Alert Arrive Alive vehicle, and a continuation of GDOT’s partnership with the media to spread the safe driving message to their extensive audiences.

GDOT’s See & Be Seen campaign is the pedestrian component of Drive Alert Arrive Alive. See & Be Seen emphasizes that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility between motorists and pedestrians. See & Be Seen aims to make it safer to walk in Georgia. Visit www.dot.ga.gov/SBS.

This week safety is front and center as the Georgia Department of Transportation observes National Work Zone Awareness Week to highlight the dangers for workers and drivers in roadway work zones. This year’s theme—Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility—urges motorists to be vigilant while driving in work zones and for workers to always think safety first.

There’s no doubt that the need for caution extends beyond work zones. Unsafe driving behaviors are killing people on roads across Georgia. Simple changes in driving behavior can save lives and could have prevented over a thousand deaths last year. How many can be saved this year? To learn more and get a downloadable Drive Alert Arrive Alive toolkit, visit www.dot.ga.gov/DAAA.

The Drive Alert Arrive Alive campaign is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. #ArriveAliveGA

There’s road work ahead. Roadway work zones are hazardous for workers and for the public. In fact, most work zone fatalities are drivers or passengers. Work zone safety is everybody’s responsibility. Obey the rules in work zones – Pay Attention – Slow Down – Watch for Workers.  And always, expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death.

Reinhardt, Waleska Churches To Host Easter Sunrise Worship Service

Reinhardt University, together with Waleska area churches, welcomes you to the annual community Easter sunrise worship service.

Sun at Falany at Reinhardt

“Our Easter sunrise services over the years have been a beautiful experience celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” said Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard. “There are not many other places as beautiful as the Falany Performing Arts Center and Lake Mullenix to view a gorgeous spring sunrise and enjoy worship as a community.”

This year’s service will be held at 7:30 a.m. on April 1 in front of the Falany Performing Arts Center.

The Rev. Jamie Hudgins, campus pastor, will be speaking. A light biscuit, juice and coffee breakfast will be served immediately following the service.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved inside to Flint Hall in the Falany Performing Arts Center.