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Georgia D.O.T. wants to prevent holiday casualties

More than 800 people have been killed on Georgia highways this year. More than 800 people have been killed on Georgia highways this year.
Brent Thomas Brent Thomas
Tim McKoy Tim McKoy
So far, there have been over 100 more accidents than this time last year. So far, there have been over 100 more accidents than this time last year.
All lanes are open on interstates and major highways to accommodate the heavy traffic. All lanes are open on interstates and major highways to accommodate the heavy traffic.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With the long Labor Day holiday travel period now underway, drivers are urged to drive slow down and not get behind the wheel after drinking any alcoholic beverages.

More than 800 people have been killed on Georgia highways this year, and the Georgia Department of Transportation hopes that number doesn't increase.

Georgia Department of Transportation wants all drivers to be patient since the highway traffic is going to be heavier than normal.

Tim McKoy says he is going treasure hunting this weekend, thanks to the low gas prices this Labor Day weekend. 

"It's not going to cost as much for me to travel this weekend," said McKoy. 

Brent Thomas with the Georgia of Department of Transportation believes that's one of the reasons you will see more people out this labor day.

"With the gas price being so low we do expect the travelers be more perdominate," said Thomas. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended all highway construction this holiday weekend, which leaves all lanes open on interstates and major highways to accommodate the heavy traffic.

So far, there have been over 100 more accidents than this time last year. The DOT is hoping the tragic fact will encourage more drivers to be alert and safe this weekend. 

As the holiday season kicks off, there are a few good tips to keep in mind while driving: Remember buckle up, stay off your cell phone while driving, and don't drive when your drowsy or impaired.

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