Holiday Travel

ATLANTA (AP) _ Slick roads from much-needed rainfall is keeping police busy in Georgia today, but there had only been one fatal car crash as of midday during the long holiday weekend.

The Georgia State Patrol has been encouraging drivers to be careful as they make their way to and from family gatherings over the holiday period that started yesterday and ends Sunday.

Troopers have been conducting high visibility patrols and road checks, and so far the extra attention seems to be working.

They also were urging travelers to allow plenty of time to reach their destination, take rest breaks on extended trips and avoid distractions inside their vehicles.

As of noon, there had only been one death reported in a car crash in the state since last evening.

Officials have projected 18 vehicle deaths during the holiday period that ends at midnight Sunday. Last year, during the same period, there were 19 vehicle deaths on Georgia roadways.

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

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