Georgia State Patrol troopers will be out in full force this Thanksgiving holiday travel period, on the look out for impaired drivers and other violations in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic accidents.
“We know from past experience that speed, alcohol, and failing to use seat belts are the primary contributing factors in fatal crashes,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, in a released statement. “By conducting concentrated patrols or holding roadchecks across the state, troopers, deputies and officers can intercept violators before they are involved in a serious traffic crash.”
The holiday period began 6 p.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Sunday, Nov. 25. Last year during a similar 102-hour period, the GSP investigated 466 traffic crashes across the state that resulted in 303 injuries and 13 fatalities, according to a news release.
The Georgia State Patrol reminds motorists to plan their travels carefully and allow plenty of time to reach destinations.
“Anticipate traffic delays due to volume or a crash that blocks travel lanes,” Colonel McDonough said in the release. “Also, be prepared should rain make driving conditions hazardous.”
The highest number of traffic deaths ever recorded by the Georgia Department of Public Safety for the Thanksgiving holiday period was 43 in 1969 and the lowest was four in 1949.