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Authorities encouraging more safety on the roadways

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two fatalities and one in Thomasville make up for the five driving fatalities in Georgia this holiday weekend.

State agencies are encouraging folks to be extra cautious as more drivers are on the roads.

The Georgia State Patrol, Governor's office of highway safety, DNR, and the Georgia Department of Public Safety have teamed up for the summer of safety campaign.

Their goal is to encourage safety on the roadways and waterways.

Authorities ask drivers to be proactive, staying off your cell phone, having a designated driver and of course, buckling your seatbelt.

"We find in some of these cases when we look at these higher numbers of fatalities, we see more and more unbelted drivers, somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 percent and that's just unacceptable,” said Harris Blackwood, Ga GOHS, Director.

Before this weekend, 469 people were killed on Georgia's roads this year, which are 64 more compared to this time last year.

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