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Expect extra traffic patrols during holiday season, officials say
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State officials say that Georgia State Patrol officers will be conducting “high visibility patrols” on interstates and state roads throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Public safety (GDPS), a record 115.6 million Americans are expected to be on the roads this holiday season, so drivers are urged to exercise safe driving habits and avoid citations, crashes, injuries or worse.

“It is the primary focus of State troopers and officers to keep a vigilant eye out for motorists breaking state traffic laws and exercising bad driving habits that could potentially cause serious injuries or fatal crashes,” Col. Mark W. McDonough, GDPA Commissioner said in the release.

During the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holiday travel period, Georgia State Patrol officers investigated a total of 1,250 wrecks across the state, resulting in 556 injuries and 21 fatalities.

Officers arrested 653 people for driving under the influence during that period, the release said.

The release said that anyone planning on consuming alcohol during the holiday must have a sober driver or use a ride share service.

“This is a festive time of the year. We want everyone to drive sober, stay focused, obey the laws and enjoy this holiday season with family and friends,” McDonough said.

During the holiday period, traffic updates – including safety reminders, a fatality count and other information – will be published on the Department of Public Safety’s Twitter page,