2008-12-24 / Front Page

Drive Safely!

Impaired driving and the lack of seat belt use top the list of violations Georgia State Troopers will be targeting during the upcoming Christmas holiday travel period. The 102-hour travel period begins Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday, Dec. 28.

The Georgia State Patrol is estimating there will be 2,945 traffic crashes, 1,494 injuries and as many as 19 traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the holiday period.

Last year during the 102-hour Christmas holiday travel period, Georgia recorded 18 traffic deaths, 3,039 crashes and 1,158 injuries.

Eight of the 18 traffic deaths last year involved alcohol or drugs, and six of the 14 fatalities in passenger cars were not wearing seat belts.

Drivers are reminded to always wear their seat belt, make sure children are properly restrained, maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you and don't operate a motor vehicle if you have consumed alcoholic beverages.

"Also, you can help law enforcement officers keep our roads safe by reporting impaired drivers by calling Star G-S-P (*477) on your cell phone," he said.

The highest number of traffic deaths during the Christmas holiday travel period occurred in 1971 when 36 people were killed, and the lowest was in 1982 and 2002 when five fatalities were recorded.

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