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Thanksgiving brings busier highways, fewer troopers

November 23, 2006

Albany-  More people travel on Georgia's highways during the Thanksgiving holiday than any other time, but this year there are fewer troopers to keep the roadways safe. 

Georgia can employ up to 953 total patrol officers, but right now has only 786 statewide.  Thanksgiving, only two troopers were covering a four county area that included Baker, Dougherty, Lee, and Worth Counties. 

"We are short handed that's why, but what we do during the holiday period, we let like 25 percent of our officers off so they can enjoy the holiday with their family.  The rest of us are working so it's just that we have to concentrate more and be more alert because we are short officers," said Sgt. Shawn Urquhart, GSP Albany. 

Drivers are urged to do their part by following the posted speed limits and buckling up.

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