GSP troopers encourage safe habits during busy holiday travel period

GEORGIA (WTOC) - Crashes have already claimed 11 lives on Georgia roadways this holiday weekend, including two last night in Bryan County.

Georgia State Troopers tell us they will be out all weekend checking for speeders, seatbelt violators and distracted and drunk drivers. They say the distracted drivers are some of the most dangerous drivers.

"Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as DUI. Somebody that's not paying attention to the roadway, that's not paying attention to their speed, not paying attention to whether they're in their lane or not, and distracted driving doesn't necessarily have to be texting or talking on the phone," said GSP Trooper Dan Chernich.

Some of those other distractions include road maps, food or kids in the backseat. Troopers suggest pulling over to handle any of that stuff.

AAA says Sunday will be the busiest day on the roads.

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