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GSP braces for more death on the highways

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

December 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After a deadlier than expected Christmas holiday travel period, Georgia State Troopers are gearing up to keep you safe over the New Year's holiday.  

Twenty-four people died in crashes in Georgia from Wednesday night through Sunday night. The State Patrol predicted only 19 deaths.

They expect 20 people will die and 1,350 will be injured in more than 3,000 wrecks over New Year's. That travel period runs from 6:00PM News Year's Eve till midnight Sunday January 4th.

Last year, 22 people died on Georgia roads. Only two of those deaths were alcohol related.

Georgia State Troopers say they will work hard to keep those numbers down again by keeping impaired drivers off the road.

"We will be out with aggressive patrolling," said Sr. Trooper Darryl Benton. "Aggressive road checking. Doing different things where we can hopefully stop the fatality rate and help it to go do this holiday period."  

Troopers say speed, the lack of seat belt use, and impaired drivers are the primary causes of fatal holiday traffic crashes. Most fatal crashes occur on secondary roads, not interstate highways.  

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