ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Crash analysis experts with the Georgia State Patrol and the DOT are predicting 2,315 traffic crashes resulting in 1,094 injuries and 23 deaths during the 78 hour July 4th holiday travel period which begins Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight, Sunday, July 6th.
Just in time for the holiday, the state is cracking down on drunk drivers. Georgia State Troopers and local law enforcement will be out enforcing the statewide Operation Zero Tolerance. Motorists can expects random sobriety check points throughout the state.
Slightly over 1 million Georgians are expected to take to the road during the 78 hour holiday travel period. Officers will also be taking part in the 100 Days of Summer Heat to get to drivers to slow down and buckle up. Last year 8 of 9 fatal traffic accidents over the July 4th holiday occurred on state highways, county roads, and city streets. Only one fatality was on Georgia Interstates. In 5 of those deaths, the victims were not wearing safety belts.
While motorists are urged to buckle up, slow down, and not drink and drive; a 2008 study conducted by GMAC Insurance shows that 33 million American drivers could not pass a written drivers exam to obtain a license if tested.
The 20 question survey was presented to 5,524 drivers from all 50 states. The questions, which were obtained official DMV tests, ranged from what to do when approaching a flashing yellow light at an intersection, the distance a driver should signal before making a right or left turn, and what to do when a pedestrian is crossing your lane when there is no crosswalk.
AAA expects 40.4 million Americans to travel for the Independence Day Holiday.
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