Ga. Authorities Cracking Down On Driver Safety For Holidays

Thanksgiving travel
Posted at 6:58 AM, Nov 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-24 06:01:57-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety are urging drivers to be careful and to use seatbelts during the holiday travel period.

Officials say 20 people died during crashes during the Thanksgiving travel period in 2013, which ran from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

Authorities say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that using a seatbelt can cut the risk of fatalities among front seat passengers in traffic accidents by about 45 percent and can cut the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.

Officials say law enforcement throughout the state will be watching for drivers who aren't using seatbelts during the holiday travel period and a "Click it or Ticket" campaign will continue through Nov. 30.