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Deadly accidents reach record total

May 30, 2005

Albany- Speed, alcohol, and people not wearing seat belts. That's what state troopers blame for an unusually high number of Memorial Day weekend traffic fatalities.

The Georgia State Patrol is pleading with motorists at this point to be more vigilant as they head home from their Memorial Day weekend.

The state broke a record of 27 fatalities set back in 1969 the first year they started keeping track of weekend traffic deaths. The state was only expecting around 17 deaths. Troopers are asking motorists to be careful.

"We want people to realize the importance of slowing down, buckling up, and definitely don't drink and drive. This last day, the afternoon rush will be on this afternoon with people trying to get home, so really plan your route," said Sgt. Jamie Sullivan,GSP Safety Patrol.

The State Patrol is advising motorists to plan out their routes home. They say, avoid using the busier highways and heavy traffic areas.

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