After losing her brother Caleb to a texting-while-driving accident in 2009, college student Alex Sorohan is spending part of her Thanksgiving break on the road, trying to keep other families from suffering the same kind of heartbreak.
"So, I think that definitely spreading the message, educating anyone you know, just doing it for someone you love is going to make a difference."
Sorohan was part of a statewide helicopter tour called Operation Safe Holidays, touring press conferences in 5 cities across Georgia in one day -- Albany, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, and Augusta, all with the goal of reducing the the number of highway fatalities around the holidays.
"We believe that with the help of the public, by slowing down, buckling their seatbelts, doing the right thing, we can save some lives in Georgia," says Harris Blackwood, who serves as the Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Since 2005, the number of motor vehicle deaths in Georgia has dropped from over 1,700 that year to around 1,000 so far in 2012. Although they are not currently on track to go over 2011's number, they are concerned about a increase in the last month of the year.
Officials say with the economy beginning to turn around, and with gas prices lower, more motorists are going back on the roadways, and that might mear more accidents.
They say the biggest things motorists can do are entirely preventable -- not drinking and driving, wearing seatbelts, and not speeding, all of which they say are common factors in accidents.