ATLANTA — Georgia State Troopers are cautioning drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of their holiday celebrations this year.
As of Monday afternoon, troopers reported eight deaths on the road during the Christmas holiday travel period.
Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said in a news release that troopers will be patrolling throughout the holiday period with enforcement emphasis on impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers and drivers exceeding the speed limit.
The Christmas holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight tonight. The New Year’s holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends the evening of Jan. 1.
Last year during the Christmas holiday period, the GSP investigated 289 traffic crashes which resulted in 182 injuries and one fatality. During the New Year’s holiday period, troopers investigated 296 traffic crashes in Georgia that resulted in 172 injuries and seven traffic deaths, officials with the GSP said.
As of Monday morning, the GSP was reporting 10 total traffic fatalities in Georgia from the 2012 Christmas travel period, including two being investigated by the post in Thomasville.