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GSP reminds holiday drivers to put cellphones down

GSP reminds holiday drivers to put cellphones down
GSP reminds holiday drivers to put cellphones down
Posted at 5:16 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 13:31:33-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - This is the final week before Christmas which means folks will soon start traveling all over the country for the holidays.

Georgia State Patrol says the first step in safe driving for the holiday season is making sure you plan ahead. You should have a full tank of gas and know alternate routes in case of traffic.

Don't forget to make sure everyone is buckled. And of course, troopers are urging drivers to not be distracted drivers.

From the moment you get in your vehicle, put your phone down.

According to DMV.org, 26 percent of all car crashes in 2014 involved cell phone use.

"We're having an increase of fatalities because people are distracted driving. That can include people on cell phones, again that could be on social media," said Sergeant John VanLandingham. "They are doing everything but looking ahead and driving their vehicles. We want to encourage people to put those phones down, if you need to talk to somebody on the phone make sure you pull over in a safe area and talk with them."

And GSP will be out in full force during holiday weekends. This Friday, December 22 and next Tuesday, December 26 are considered high travel days in which all troopers will be out on the roads.

This is the final week before Christmas which means folks will soon start traveling all over the country for the holidays.

Georgia State Patrol says the first step in safe driving for the holiday season is making sure you plan ahead. You should have a full tank of gas and know alternate routes in case of traffic. 

Don't forget to make sure everyone is buckled. And of course, troopers are urging drivers to not be distracted drivers.From the moment you get in your vehicle, put your phone down. 

According to DMV.org, 26 percent of all car crashes in 2014 involved cell phone use. 

"We're having an increase of fatalities because people are distracted driving. That can include people on cell phones, again that could be on social media," said Sergeant John VanLandingham. "They are doing everything but looking ahead and driving their vehicles. We want to encourage people to put those phones down, if you need to talk to somebody on the phone make sure you pull over in a safe area and talk with them."

And GSP will be out in full force during holiday weekends. This Friday, December 22 and next Tuesday, December 26 are considered high travel days in which all troopers will be out on the roads.