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Holiday drivers being warned about distracted driving

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(WTVM) -

Experts are expecting another mad scramble on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday.

Both Alabama and Georgia are gearing up for a busy travel period this weekend that will also be impacted by the Iron Bowl and the Georgia-Georgia Tech games in addition to Black Friday shopping.

Officials this week are stressing proper seat belt usage and sober driving, but they are also warning motorists about a threat some consider even more dangerous than driving under the influence- distracted driving.

"Experts say distracted driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence.  You are driving in blind, you're taking your eyes off the road, your focus on the task at hand and putting yourself in a tremendous risk for a crash that may result in injuries or death," says Alabama State Trooper Sgt. Steve Jarrett. 

There were ten traffic deaths reported during the Thanksgiving travel period last year in Alabama while eighteen were reported in Georgia. 

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