Law enforcement gives four tips for safe driving during Thanksgiving weekend

Expect to see a high number of Georgia State Troopers and other law enforcement on the roads during Thanksgiving weekend.
Expect to see a high number of Georgia State Troopers and other law enforcement on the roads during Thanksgiving weekend.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia State Troopers are emphasizing alert driving during the holiday weekend. Expect to see police, sheriff’s deputies, and Georgia State Patrol officers on the road in full force. News 3 is preparing travelers for one of the busiest holiday travel weekends.

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is predicting a record number of travelers this Thanksgiving weekend. Troopers are warning everyone driving during the holiday weekend to abide by four simple rules:

  1. Don’t speed: Plan your trip ahead of time and leave in plenty of time. Don’t try to make up for lost time on the road.
  2. Wear a seatbelt: Don’t just rely on airbags to protect you. Half of Georgia road deaths happened to people not wearing their seatbelts
  3. Don’t drive drunk: At least 1/10 drivers are impaired while on the road. Troopers say on average, a person driving under the influence can get away with about 80 times before being caught.
  4. Put down the cell phone: Troopers stress limiting distractions while on the road. Fatigue and passengers in the car can also potentially result in dangerous consequences.

“We’re seeing the highest number of fatalities that we’ve seen in over ten years,” Director of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Harris Blackwood said. “We’re at 1,338 fatalities. That’s 1,338 people that won’t be at Thanksgiving this year.”

Expect to see a high number of Georgia State Troopers and other law enforcement on the roads during Thanksgiving weekend.
Expect to see a high number of Georgia State Troopers and other law enforcement on the roads during Thanksgiving weekend.

Blackwood says to expect traffic to worsen starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. He advises drivers that Sunday is the busiest return day, so plan to drive back Friday or Saturday to avoid the heaviest traffic.

“Law enforcement say statistically, one out of every ten drivers is impaired. They stress safety by reminding people to stay alert and eliminate distractions.”

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