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Responding to the Newtown Tragedy

December 17, 2012

Georgians grieve with and pray for the families and friends of those affected by Friday's senseless tragedy. Schools across the state have taken various approaches to assess and step up their safety and security.

Zero Tolerance During the Holidays

December 13, 2012

The end of 2012 has brought a new sense of urgency for Georgia besides battling the Christmas shopping crowds and making New Year’s resolutions. For the first time in 6 years, Georgia is on track to experience an increase in traffic fatalities.

Get Ready for Winter Weather

December 4, 2012

It is easy to forget about potential severe winter weather since Georgia typically has fairly mild winters, but don’t get left out in the cold. Severe winter weather can strike here in the South, and being prepared is absolutely crucial.

Buckle Up During the Holidays

November 16, 2012

Here in Georgia we’re about to enter one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. That’s right - it’s time to pack up the kids and the pumpkin pie and hit the road for Thanksgiving with the family.

Forestry Commission Joins Task Force to Prevent Arson

September 17, 2012

The Georgia Forestry Commission is joining with 13 other states to launch the Southeast Arson Task Force, the first of its kind in the nation. A federal grant is funding the project, which will advance the training for fire investigators in member states, most of which are understaffed and underfunded.

September Is National Preparedness Month

September 4, 2012

Every season brings a new threat: Snow and ice in winter, tornadoes in spring, wildfires in summer and hurricanes in the fall. If you and your family are prepared, you will know what to do in any emergency.

Banning Synthetic Marijuana

August 20, 2012

During the past several years, a surge of young adults and teens have skirted the illegality of marijuana by purchasing and smoking instead a synthetic form of the drug.

Department of Juvenile Justice Introduces TIP Line

August 17, 2012

To promote the safety of both juvenile offenders and detention center staff, the Department of Juvenile Justice last week introduced its new online TIP Line.

Strengthening Boating Safety Through Licensing

August 7, 2012

As families and state officials reflect on this year's fatal boating accidents on Lake Lanier, public safety advocates have begun calling for stricter regulation of recreational waterways. By requiring boaters to apply for licenses, much in the same way drivers do, advocates hope to curb boating accidents.

Dealing With Dangerous Dogs

July 20, 2012

In response to an alarming series of dog attacks on children and neighborhood residents reported during the last several years, the General Assembly last legislative session passed and Governor Nathan Deal approved House Bill 685, which, with its Responsible Dog Ownership Law, now holds owners more deeply accountable for their dangerous or vicious dogs.

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