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Holiday travel begins in earnest

GDOT District Engineer Chad Hartley GDOT District Engineer Chad Hartley
GSP Trooper Sgt. Jon Posey GSP Trooper Sgt. Jon Posey
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's the day before Thanksgiving, which means a lot of travelers are hitting the road for the holiday. Law enforcement and the Georgia Department of Transportation officials are concerned because of a high number of fatalities on Georgia roads this year.

"When you approach the holiday season you have more traffic volumes, you have more people on the road, and more driver error," said GDOT District Engineer Chad Hartley.   

According to the Georgia department of transportation this year alone there have been more than 100 fatalities in our region and more than 1200 statewide.  That's a sharp increase over recent years.

The Georgia State Patrol says that they too are concerned coming into this holiday season. Last year, the State Patrol investigated 15 Thanksgiving weekend fatalities.

"That's 15 people that won't be able to make it for Thanksgiving this year," said GSP Trooper Sgt. Jon Posey.

The biggest problem that both GDOT and the GSP see is distracted drivers who make up for about 79% of road fatalities. "A distracted driver if they are looking at their phone or GPS don't know to react at all," said Posey.

That's why state troopers are focusing their sites on distracted drivers who are on the roadways this holiday. "Our goal is to reduce the amount of crashes and especially the amount of fatalities," said Posey.

Even though the roads are going to be very busy today experts tell us that it will continue to be busy through out the weekend. So we want all of our viewers to stay safe this Thanksgiving.

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