Thanksgiving "Click it or Ticket"

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2019 THANKSGIVING TRAVEL PERIOD

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety will once again be joining the annual, nationwide seatbelt awareness campaign known as Click It or Ticket. With Thanksgiving being one of the busiest travel times of the year, the chances of being involved in a crash are greater than normal so it is critical to buckle your seatbelt.

Whether you're headed to the grocery store for last minute ingredients or over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, buckle up no matter what.

Why is it so important? Because during the 2017 Thanksgiving travel period (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 27), 365 people were killed in traffic crashes nationwide. Nighttime proved more deadly as it accounted for 57 percent of crashes during the Thanksgiving travel period.

In 2018, traffic crashes across Georgia during the 102-hour Thanksgiving travel period (6 p.m. on November 22 to 11:59 p.m. on November 25) resulted in 15 fatalities. In addition to the crashes, the Georgia State Patrol alone issued 11,523 citations, 17,046 warning and arrested 339 people for driving under the influence. The best defense against all of those careless driver is a buckled seatbelt.