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Officials encourage continued safety through end of holiday travel period

The death toll is the highest it has ever been in the state of Georgia (Source: WALB) The death toll is the highest it has ever been in the state of Georgia (Source: WALB)
"The speed limit signs are there for a reason," said Lukas (Source: WALB) "The speed limit signs are there for a reason," said Lukas (Source: WALB)

Gas prices have been low and the weather has been ideal for people to travel by car this Christmas.

The more people on the roads, the more dangerous it becomes. 

Georgia State Patrol say the year's total for fatalities is 1,478. 

This is a record number for the state. 

10 of these have been over the holiday weekend alone. 

With it being the last day of the travel period, GSP is expecting roads to be packed until late tonight. 

They want to make sure folks are wearing their seat belts, not getting distracted by phones or music. 

"You gotta slow down. The speed limit's there for a reason. The speed limit is there due to traffic volume. You know, people in the area, you gotta obey the speed limit. Everybody thinks they get ten over. That's not the case, it's there for a reason," said Sgt. Pete Lukas.

Now the traffic has been heavy all day and is only expected to increase throughout the evening.

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