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Georgia State Troopers Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers

Georgia State Troopers Cracking Down on Distracted Drivers
Posted at 5:06 PM, Nov 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-12 15:31:06-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) -- The holiday season is quickly approaching. And that means more people hitting the roads. And in Georgia, with more incidents of distracted driving than usual, the results can be disastrous.

"What we're going to be doing over the next two months especially, is working on distracted driving," said Tommy Peeples, Sergeant First Class of the Georgia State Patrol.

Georgia state troopers are stepping up enforcement looking for violations, such as failure to stay in your lane, or speeding. Distracted driving can include many things, from adjusting the radio, to putting on makeup, as well as operating a cell phone. "It is a primary offense in Georgia to text," said Peeples.

Georgia State Patrol Post 12, which covers Thomas, Grady, Mitchell, and Colquitt counties has had 21 traffic deaths related to distracted driving during 2015.

"If we can prevent one crash that would be a fatal crash, then we're successful and that is what we're looking to do," Peeples said.

It's already a primary offense for any driver to text on the road in the Georgia, and if you're under the age of 18, it's a primary offense to use your phone at all while driving.