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Georgia State troopers ready for holiday patrols

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The Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27 and ends at midnight Dec. 1.

"We know from past experience that speed, alcohol, and failing to use seat belts are the primary contributing factors in fatal crashes," said Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Last year during a similar 102-hour period, troopers investigated 682 traffic crashes across the state that resulted in 380 injuries and 11 fatalities.

Statewide, law enforcement officers investigated a total 3,590 crashes that resulted in 1,161 injuries and 21 fatalities.

The highest number of traffic deaths ever recorded for the Thanksgiving holiday period was 43 in 1969 and the lowest was four in 1949.

For people taking MARTA, it will operate on a Sunday schedule on its bus and rail system on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 and operate on a Saturday bus and rail schedule on Friday, Nov. 29.

On Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 29, both Red and Gold Line service will operate every 20 minutes, with service every 10 minutes between Lindbergh Center and Airport stations.

For more information about MARTA's service visit: www.itsmarta.com

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