For the first time in more than five years, the numbers of fatalities on Georgia roads is expected to increase.
In 2005, nearly 1,800 people were killed on state roads.
Officials said the number of deaths is close to surpassing the previous year.
With less than two months left in 2012, Georgia State Patrol hopes drivers will be more cautious as they hit the road to spend time with family and friends.
"This year because we are seeing this increase in fatalities, we just want to make a blanket statement: Have a safe holiday, drive sober, put the phone down and slow down," GSP spokesperson Katie Fallon said.
Tuesday, the head of state patrol toured the state to spread the word about safety, especially now during the holiday season.
"It's not as bad as it could be to make sure that increase doesn't happen," Fallon said.
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