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Crashes prompt driving safety reminders

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The holiday weekend has just begun and we have already seen a number of car crashes in the Savannah area. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this is the deadliest time of year.

Officials at the Governor's Office of Highway Safety say Georgia's statistics for fatal crashes are down more than 20 percent this year. However, officials in Effingham County say in the last couple of months there have been five fatal wrecks and investigators believe they all could have been prevented.

"In every single case so far, it's been single vehicle crashes," said David Ehsanipoor, Spokesperson for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. "Speed has been involved, nobody was restrained and everyone has been ejected."

Ehsanipoor says one of those fatal crashes happened Friday night when a motorcyclist lost control and ran into a tree on Mcall Road near Blue Jay road.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of year and potentially the most dangerous.

"You have a lot of people coming in and out of town. You have the beach out here so you have a lot of people coming in and out of the Savannah area," said Ehsanipoor.  

Officials say you can expect to see a lot of extra patrols on the road looking for violators.

"Troopers are going to be enforcing the seatbelt law, the texting law, the speed law and of course DUI," said Harris Blackwood, Director of Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.  

The Governor's Office of Highway safety is reminding all drivers to play it safe. Buckle up, slow down and put down the cell phone.

"We want to make sure everyone goes out and enjoys this Memorial Day holiday [wherever they are traveling] and we want them to come back safely," said Blackwood.

Police say if you see and dangerous driver call 911 and report it.  

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