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December 12, 2005

Albany -- While the holidays are festive, it is one of the deadliest times on the road. December 23rd and January 1st are among the busiest days for fatal car crashes.

Georgia law enforcement will begin a crackdown on drunk drivers this weekend.

In December 2004, more than 12-hundred Americans were killed in highway crashes involving a driver who had been drinking. This Friday Georgia State Patrol and local Police and Sheriff's Offices across Georgia will step up patrols for impaired drivers, including checkpoints and road blocks.

Troopers ask you to help them keep the roads safe. Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Jamie Sullivan said "Use Star-GSP or 9-1-1 to report a drunk driver. Anything that we can do to get that drunk off the road is going to help save lives."

Sullivan says Georgians should use a designated driver, take a taxi, or plan to spend the night if a Christmas Party is to include alcohol.

Impaired drivers caused nearly a third of Georgia's traffic fatalities each year, and Troopers hope to cut down on traffic deaths this Christmas.

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