The New Years Holiday travel period starts tonight at midnight.  While not as many people travel out of town for New Years as the do at Thanksgiving and Christmas the holiday is a busy one for law enforcement.  Some people decide that the New Years Holiday is a time to drink and drive.  Local and state law enforcement say that is not a good idea – they will be out in force this weekend to make sure that the roadways are safe.

The Georgia State Patrol begins it’s holiday traffic count this evening at 6 PM.  The seventy eight hour holiday travel count will run through midnight, Sunday January 2, 2011.  Last year there were 2,083 traffic accidents, with 789 injuries and 11 deaths on Georgia’s roadways during the New Year’s Holiday travel period.

Local law enforcement will be out in force along with the state troopers.  Summerville Police Chief Stan Mosely and Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett have stated that their departments will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this weekend on county roads and city streets.