In 2020, 24 people died and 370 were injured in wrecks on Georgia roads during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to state law enforcement agencies.

The death toll doubled from 2019, when 12 were killed during the same period, which runs from Wednesday evening through Sunday night. This year, even more people are planning to travel, according to the AAA motor group.

With planning and patience, road trips can be safe during the holiday season. Law enforcement agencies urge travelers to do their part.

“Troopers and motor carrier officers will be patrolling interstates and secondary roads throughout the state to reduce traffic crashes, and deter unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, and driving while impaired,” Col. Chris C. Wright, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said in a statement. “Our primary focus is to make the roadways safer this holiday period for our residents and guests.”

From 2014 to 2020, 116 people died in crashes on Georgia roads during the Thanksgiving holiday. In many of those crashes, alcohol and speed were contributing factors, according to investigators. During the Labor Day weekend in September, crashes killed 16 on state roads, including four teenagers.

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