Law enforcement throughout the area and across the state are preparing for a busy holiday travel weekend.
Toccoa Police Department Interim Chief Tim Jarrell said that his department will be among those out with extra patrols this holiday weekend to help keep the roads as safe as possible.
“The police department is going to be watching for unsecured vehicle occupants, aggressive driving, and actively patrolling for drinking and driving, turn signal violations, and people not obeying traffic signals,” said Jarrell.
Currently, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is in the midst of a “Click It or Ticket” campaign that runs through Sunday. During this campaign, officers across Georgia watch for unbuckled drivers and passengers, as well as aggressive driving.
Jarrell said people need to use caution if headed out on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday.
“Leave enough room between (your) vehicle and other vehicles to have enough room to stop, make sure everyone is restrained properly, and obey the speed limit,” said Jarrell.
The official Georgia State Patrol holiday traffic reporting period begins at 6 p.m. tonight and ends at midnight Sunday, November 25 for a total of 102 hours.
Last year during a similar 102-hour period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 466 traffic crashes across the state that resulted in 303 injuries and 13 fatalities. The highest number of traffic deaths ever recorded for the Thanksgiving holiday period was 43 in 1969 and the lowest was four in 1949.
Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Transportation is also preparing for the Thanksgiving travel holiday.
DOT officials said that the department is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state routes beginning at noon today and extending through 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The DOT did say that incident management or emergency-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any route.
As a result, DOT officials are reminding drivers to remember to exercise caution nonetheless as heavy holiday traffic is expected throughout the state.