For the first time in six years, traffic fatalities on Georgia's roadways are expected to increase this holiday season.
To keep drivers safe on the road, the Georgia State Patrol and Governor's Office of Highway Safety are launching Operation: Safe Holidays, a 41-day awareness campaign aimed at reducing the crash rate through the end of the year.
Highway safety officials are warning drivers not to drink and drive, and to go the speed limit. They also are asking drivers to not text and drive.
To spread the word about this program, highway officials are going on a media tour to several cities across the state.
Law enforcement officers statewide are cracking down on unsafe drivers by making sure they wear their seatbelts, don't drink and drive and follow the speed limit.