By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
There’s no place like home for the holidays, but if you have to take Georgia’s roads to get there, you’ll likely see a state trooper.
The Georgia State Patrol will be out and about this Holiday season, chiefly patrolling for impaired drivers, speeders and unrestrained drivers and passengers. The official Christmas travel period began Friday at 6pm and will last until 6pm Christmas day. Over this 102-hour period last year, GSP officials investigated 289 traffic crashes that resulted in 182 injuries and one fatality. Floyd County has already met this number with one fatal wreck this travel season, which occurred Saturday night in Silver Creek. And, though technically not counted within the holiday period, I-75 in Bartow County has seen a particularly violent week with five motor-vehicle fatalities reported.
Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said that, each holiday season, the troopers are called to investigate these serious crashes and some could have been prevented.
Troopers will be keeping a close eye out for impaired drivers until the end of the year. This time in 2011, over 130 people in Georgia were arrested for driving under the influence. This year, the patrol plans to work alongside local law enforcement agencies to intercept impaired drivers all over Georgia.
So, if you are traveling for the holidays, remember to buckle-up, curb your lead foot, and don’t, under any circumstances, drink and drive. Because if you do, you could just see the flashing blue lights of a Georgia State Trooper in your rear-view mirror.