Friday expected to be busiest day for Christmas holiday travel

(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Christmas is just around the corner, which means people are heading out of town.

Many businesses gave their employees Friday off for a long weekend of traveling.

AAA is expecting almost 3 million Georgia residents will pack their bags and presents and hit the roads during the Christmas and New Year's holiday travel period.

The Director of Highway Safety says it will not be a holiday for the Georgia State Patrol. Along with local law enforcement, they will have extra patrols on the roads in an effort to reduce crashes during the four-day Christmas holiday weekend.

"We are expecting today, Friday, to be one of the busiest days of the holiday travel period. A lot of people have finished their job today and they're getting out of town," said Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Last year, there were 11 people killed in traffic crashes during the Christmas travel time-frame. Officials are hoping that number goes down this year:

If you're planning on celebrating over the Christmas holiday with a few drinks, AAA and Bud Light are offering its free Tow To Go service. It got underway at 6 a.m. Friday morning and will run through Jan. 2. A tow truck will take you and your car home or to a safe location that's within 10 miles. The service is offered in Georgia, but not South Carolina. Just call 855.286.9246 to request a ride.

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