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Increased patrols continue on Ga. roadways

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A crackdown of impaired drivers on Georgia's highways continues during the Christmas holiday travel period.

The Christmas holiday travel period started at 6 p.m. Friday and ends on Tuesday night. The New Year's holiday period starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 28 and ends Jan. 1. 

Last year during the Christmas travel period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 289 traffic crashes that resulted in 182 injuries and 1 death, according to the GSP. Troopers arrested 139 people on charges of driving under the influence during the same period last year.

Troopers, Motor Carrier Compliance officers and Capitol Police officers are also participating in Operation Zero Tolerance, in an effort to keep impaired drivers off of Georgia's roadways.  

The focus of troopers' enforcement will be on impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers, and speeding. 

Drivers are urged to check their vehicles' tire pressure and fluid levels; ensure windshield wiper blades are not cracked; make sure headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and tag lights are working, said Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, in a statement.

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