Troopers increased patrols starts Friday

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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