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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

This Christmas travel season could be the busiest in six years.

AAA predicts that more than 93,000,000 Americans will hit the road.         

That's 1.6 percent more than last year, which is why Georgia State Troopers are urging drivers to slow down and buckle up.

Many Americans are hitting the road over the holiday period, and so are Georgia State Troopers. 

"We will be out trying to make sure that the travelers are safe and that they arrive in their destinations in a timely matter but also in a safe matter," said Sr. Trooper Darryl Benton, GSP.

Troopers will be using road blocks to keep an eye out for drunk drivers through the end of the holiday season.

The Department of Public Safety has joined with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to promote Operation Zero Tolerance.

"During this period we will be looking for impaired drivers, seat belt violations, speeding motorists, reckless drivers, any type of violations that could harm the public whole they are traveling to their destinations," said Benton.

 And if you are on the road this holiday season make sure to leave yourself enough time so you won't be tempted to rush.

"With Christmas being on a weekday and it being a weekend, it has made for a long weekend for travel, so traffic is beginning to pick up as people try and get home for Christmas and visit their families," said Benton.    

Trooper Benton has seen those fatal crashes at the hands of drunken and reckless drivers and says he knows the effects it has on families.

"During the holiday period it is very hard for us to go out and work certain crashes, especially when it involves children or elderly people, and it is a factor when speed is involved when it really didn't make any sense for the accident to happen," said Benton.

Which is why Benton is urging drivers to buckle up and slow down, so you make it to your destination safely.

Authorities' say they investigated 289 accidents that left 182 people injured during last year's Christmas travel period.

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