GSP troopers patrol biggest Thanksgiving travel in 9 years

| November 28, 2016

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By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

VALDOSTA – Georgia State Patrol Post 31 in Valdosta says the 102-hour travel period is their busiest time of the year.

The Thanksgiving travel period started on Wednesday and ended Sunday at midnight.

“It’s a simple two seconds that could save your life,” says Cpl. Chris Kelch.

He says it takes a matter of seconds to put on a seatbelt, call a designated driver, put away distractions, and think twice before speeding.

Cpl. Kelch has already worked a head-on collision involving an impaired driver.

He says drinking and driving increases around the holidays.

“It becomes a problem when you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and travel on the highways of the state, risking your life and everyone else’s.”

It’s a simple decision that can cost the driver time behind bars and a hefty fine.

“We see during the holiday periods where people are trying to get from point A to point B to spend time with their families and their loved ones and we don’t want to burden them with a heavy citation.”

However, he says the cost of a traffic citation is far better than the cost of an innocent life.

Last year’s travel period saw nine fatal wrecks statewide.

On Saturday, Georgia reported 14 in the past four days.

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