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Traffic officials urge drivers to plan ahead before going to holiday parties

Traffic officials are reminding drivers to be safe behind the wheel for the holidays. (Source: File) Traffic officials are reminding drivers to be safe behind the wheel for the holidays. (Source: File)
Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood (Source: WALB) Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood (Source: WALB)
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Last year Georgia had a significant increase in traffic fatalities compared to the rest of the country.

Traffic officials are reminding drivers to be safe behind the wheel for the holidays.

AAA reported that there were 366 alcohol related fatalities in 2015.

That was an increase of 87 fatalities over the prior year.

Georgia's increase was second in the nation after Florida.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is using that information to alert drivers about getting on the roads, doing drugs or drinking alcohol.

"We have made drunk driving unacceptable throughout this state and the country. We need to preach that message again, that it is still unacceptable to be impaired and behind the wheel of a car," said Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood.

Officials urge drivers to plan ahead if they will be under the influence during the holidays.

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