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GSP preparing for holiday drivers

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

From the skies to the roads, Georgia State Patrol is stepping up enforcement accordingly.

They expect crowded highways, especially with the low gas prices we’re seeing. GSP will be cracking down on speeding, seatbelt enforcement and distracted driving this weekend.

They say if that Thanksgiving meal makes you sleepy behind the wheel, pull over because fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

"Just go ahead and pull off and get a little bit of rest, whether you need to just get out and walk around to stretch your legs or if you need to actually take a nap. Or check into a hotel room and make another day of it and just get some sleep, because it's not worth pushing through being tired if you don't make it to your destination because you were involved in some kind of crash,” said Sgt. Chris Nease, GSP.

Last year, troopers investigated nearly 700 crashes in the state. Fifteen of those were fatal.

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