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Buckle up and hit the brakes

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Buckle up and ease up on the gas pedal. Officers say they'll be on the lookout for all types of traffic violations.

State and local law enforcers are beefing up patrols during the holidays as part of the state's Operation Zero Tolerance Campaign.

Thursday at six the Christmas holiday travel period begins.

Last year, 800 people were injured and 11 died in Christmas weekend wrecks in Georgia.

With increased traffic, DCP is working to ensure no fatalities occur on county roads this year.

"You're more likely to be injured or killed in a car than being assaulted or murdered and those are sad statistics. Simple steps can prevent that, slow down, wear your seat belt, and don't consume alcohol and drive," said Lt. Tom Jackson, Dougherty County Police Dept.

The highest number of traffic deaths during the Christmas holiday travel period in Georgia was in 1971 when 36 people were killed.

The lowest was in 1982 and 2002 when five fatalities were recorded statewide.

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