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Troopers ask for driver awareness

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

Lee County, GA (WALB) - State troopers are on the road in full force for the 4th of July Holiday period.

Troopers predict 22 fatalities on state roads during the 78 hour holiday period. They also predict almost 900 people will be injured in 1,874 crashes.

Troopers say to save lives and prevent injuries, they will be giving out tickets to speeders and enforcing the seat belt laws. There is zero tolerance for drunk or impaired driving. If you drink and drive you will go to jail. 

"During the Fourth of July holiday period is one of the most deadly holiday periods, other than Thanksgiving, that we work. It's the second holiday during the summer, so we're trying to keep the fatality rate down," said Sgt. Shawn Urquhart of the Ga. State Patrol. 

Troopers say if you are driving during the Fourth, leave early and slow down during your trip. Wear your seat belt, and keep an extra watch on your rear view mirror in heavy traffic. The Fourth of July holiday period began at 6:00PM Friday, and runs through Sunday evening.

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