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GDOT urges you to drive alert and arrive alive for Thanksgiving weekend

If you need any help while driving on Georgia's interstates, GDOT has a helpline -- just dial 511.

MACON, Ga. — Thanksgiving dinner is less than 24 hours away. Many of you will gather with family and friends to give thanks. However, according to AAA, it's one of the worst times to be on the roadway.

Folks say they all traveled from Florida. They say there was heavy traffic in some areas, but overall, it was smooth sailing.

Omkar Ghalasi says he doesn't like the hassle of the airports, and that's why he opted to drive.

"Nothing crazy, but as I head to Powder Springs, I expect it to get a little bit rough to Atlanta," Ghalasi said.

Some like Anthony Sutton decided to wait until the afternoon before he headed out to Hampton, Georgia and enjoy himself while in the Peach State.

"I stopped at a Georgia peach place and got a couple of peaches. Apparently they must not be in season, but they were big and juicy," Sutton said. 

Thanksgiving eve can be one of the most dangerous days to drive.

The national Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from 2016-2020, more than 800 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver.

Kent Lopez says he makes the trip out to Chattanooga often and saw some distracted drivers.

"I did see one guy go off the road today and I expect that was what was happening," Lopez said.

Ravi Kintali traveled with his family from Lake Mary, Florida.

"I saw some people watching videos and all while driving. We felt scared, but I think we tried to make sure we were away from the people driving a little rash," Kintali said.

Even though you can't control what other drivers do, Gina Snider with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) says you're in the driver's seat when it comes to your own safety, so take your time, keep your eyes on the road, and always wear your seat belt.

GDOT is giving you a break by eliminating lane closings in construction areas this holiday weekend. Construction cranks back up again Sunday at 10 p.m.

If you need any help while driving on Georgia's interstates, GDOT has a helpline -- just dial 511.

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