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    Saturday, July 14 2018 9:54 PM EDT2018-07-15 01:54:17 GMT
    (Source: Chatham County Police Department)(Source: Chatham County Police Department)
    (Source: Chatham County Police Department)(Source: Chatham County Police Department)
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    In response to police departments around the country creating lip sync videos, the Chatham County Police Department shared a video on Friday of Officers Castro and Solomon performing "Shake It Off" by Nick Kroll and Reese Witherspoon.  Police departments across the United States have posted videos under the hashtag #LipSyncChallenge.  Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Tybee Island residents celebrate 6th and final prom

    Tybee Island residents celebrate 6th and final prom

    Saturday, July 14 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-07-15 02:59:49 GMT
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    Tybee Island residents came together on Saturday for the 6th and final Tybee Prom. This year's theme was Swan Song and the night's colors were silver, black, and white. There was a large crowd for the signature evening of music, dancing, eating and most importantly, raising money for animals. Proceeds from the night will be going towards the Islands Feral Cat Project, as well as other animal rescue organizations. "Tonight the beneficiary is the Islands Feral Cat proje...More >>
  • Bacon County Fire Chief arrested on charge of simple battery

    Bacon County Fire Chief arrested on charge of simple battery

    Saturday, July 14 2018 9:53 PM EDT2018-07-15 01:53:30 GMT
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    The Bacon County Sheriff says James Taylor was arrested and charged with simple battery last weekend. 

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    The Bacon County Sheriff says James Taylor was arrested and charged with simple battery last weekend. 

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ATLANTA (WTOC) -

The Georgia State Patrol has stepped up patrols during the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holiday travel periods. Troopers urge to have designated driver if alcohol consumption is part of the festivities.

Colonel Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said in a statement that troopers will enforcement will focus on impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers and drivers who are exceeding the speed limit. 

The Christmas holiday travel period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends the night of Dec. 26. The New Year's holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 30 and ends the night of Jan. 2, 2012.  Both holiday periods are 78-hours long.

During last year Christmas holiday period, GSP investigated 351 traffic crashes which resulted in 280 injuries and three fatalities. During the New Year's holiday travel period, troopers investigated 320 traffic crashes in Georgia that resulted in 270 injuries and seven traffic deaths.

McDonough recommended drivers check the air pressure in the tires; make sure the windshield wiper blades are not cracked; checke that all headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and tag lights are working; and checke the vehicle's fluid levels, according to a news release.

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    Sunday, July 15 2018 4:15 PM EDT2018-07-15 20:15:28 GMT
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    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-07-15 12:42:06 GMT
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