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State troopers ready for another holiday weekend

December 29, 2017--11:10 a.m.

Staff reports

Georgia state troopers will continue conducting high visibility patrols during the 78-hour New Year’s Holiday Weekend, which runs from 6 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Last year, eight people were also killed and there were 595 crashes with 289 injuries reported.

Colonel Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said: “Most fatal crashes during a holiday period in Georgia involve an impaired driver, speed, or the person killed not utilizing a seat belt.” In some crashes a combination of the contributing factors is found, he noted. Therefore, during the holiday travel periods, troopers will be keeping a close watch for impaired drivers, speeders, people who are not wearing seatbelts or buckling up children, and aggressive drivers. “Drivers are also cautioned to avoid distractions inside the vehicle that would divert their attention from the road,” he added.

There were 15 Traffic deaths reported during the recent 102-hour Christmas Holiday travel period.