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GSP wants drivers to stay alert

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The advisory comes after the number of traffic deaths from the Memorial Day holiday tripled from the same time last year.   The Memorial Day holiday weekend is over but the highways are expected to stay busy with vacations and other holidays this summer.  

Over the four-day Memorial Day travel period, there were 17 traffic deaths in Georgia. The Georgia State Patrol is reminding people of safety precautions such as using seal belts.    

"A lot of people don't understand that when they are not buckled up and thrown out of the vehicle, usually the vehicle travels in the direction that they are thrown out," said Sgt. Shawn Urquhart.  

And of course no drinking and driving or drug use. "It slows our reaction time down, we forget there's a stop sign ahead and you go through intersections, either you run into someone or they run into you," said Urquhart.  

The 17 traffic deaths on Georgia highways and roads during the holiday weekend is almost tripled from last year's Memorial Day weekend when there were only six deaths.       Troopers investigated nine of the fatal crashes. They say the heat could be contributing to the high numbers.

"Because of the cold winter they we had, and now it's a nice warm summer. I'm thinking everyone wants to get out and have fun."    

The  Georgia State Patrol is already looking to add more troopers on the road for the July 4th holiday weekend.  

"So we'll be more vigilant so people can see us, and if they can see us it'll put them in a different frame of mind," said Urquhart.  

Urquhart says don't forget about safety during your summer holiday travels. AAA says 81% of Georgians plan to travel in the next three months.

 

 

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