Officials remind drivers travel safely this Thanksgiving

Officials remind drivers travel safely this Thanksgiving

Atlanta, GA-Thanksgiving is fast-approaching and the Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Thanksgiving travel period.

Troopers will be assigned every 20 miles of the more than 330 miles of I-40 from 11 a.m.to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and 11 a.m.to 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26.

"We want people to enjoy this time with their families and come back safe and sound", Governor's Officer of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said.

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Anderson says troopers will be out in full force under the Zero Deaths for the Holidays campaign to put an end to drunk driving.

The reality is that with millions of people hitting the roads for Thanksgiving, it can be a very deadly weekend.

In addition to those killed on Georgia roads previous year, 1,755 people were injured in 5,011 crashes last holiday period. "Make the plan of how you're going to get home an important part of that event". Historical trends show that, on average, more than one-third of Thanksgiving holiday period fatalities involve alcohol-impaired drivers. "So when you consider the interstate and everything that's pretty spectacular that we didn't have any fatalities". Statistically, about 400 to 500 people in the United States will die because of crashes just on Thanksgiving weekend.

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