Safety concerns high with holiday season approaching

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia State Patrol gets in the car just like you.

“We want people to go enjoy this state,” said Director Harris Blackwood with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

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They’re trying to keep you safe on the roads.

“Those who are visiting the state, those who are coming through, those who are leaving here to go elsewhere,” said Blackwood.

Director Harris Blackburn from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety was in Macon Tuesday to remind us of the more than 1300 deaths on Georgia roads this year.



“We hope that that number is a wake up call,” said Blackwood.

It’s up from this time last year.

“We want that number to be a reminder that people are losing their lives every six hours,” said Blackwood.

State troopers are urging people to stick to the law when you’re behind the wheel.

“There is room in your automobile for you to live, and what’s going to keep you in your automobile is wearing your seatbelt,” said Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety Col. Mark McDonough.

Col. McDonough will enforce the law to help keep you safe–including drinking and driving.

“There will be someone in your family that loves you enough, a friend that likes you enough, that will make sure you get home safely,” said Col. McDonough.

And he says to stay off your phone.

“If you know that a family member is driving on the roadway, don’t text them. Don’t put it out there so they have to respond to that text,” said Col. McDonough.

Col. McDonough says the biggest factor in traffic deaths: speed.

The slower you go, the safer you’ll be, so stick to the speed limit.