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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The Labor Day holiday travel period kicks off in one hour...and roads in metro Atlanta are already seeing increased traffic.

National travel experts say far fewer people are expected to take trips for the traditional last weekend of summer.

But Georgia traffic experts expect lots of cars on the road during the holiday weekend.

The travel period may not begin for another hour, but as you can see plenty of cars are already speeding down Georgia roadways. And law enforcement predicts it will be a deadly holiday.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has officially predicted that 18 people will die on Georgia roadways this Labor Day Holiday weekend, and that 975 people will be injured in crashes.

Nationally travel experts say 13 percent fewer people will be heading off for vacations this year because Labor Day comes so late this year, a full week into September, and more children have been in school for almost a month.

But in Georgia there are a number of sporting events that will have people on the road, or at parties that could perhaps include drinking. Law enforcement warns that the two don't mix.

Dougherty County Police Lt. Thomas Jackson said  "The first game for college football start this Saturday of course. People are going down to the beach, and taking shorter trips, since we live close to the beach, people are going to be going there. Atlanta Speedway is having an event also this weekend. I think we are going to have a lot of traffic through our state this weekend."

Law enforcement will be out in force throughout the Holiday period, which continues until midnight Monday. They promise that if you are caught behind the wheel after drinking, you will be arrested and locked up. Four of the 19 traffic deaths last Labor Day involved alcohol impaired drivers.

Police say you need to slow down and make sure you are wearing your seat belt when you are on the road.  76 percent of all people killed in Georgia Labor Day crashes were not wearing their safety belts.

Georgia roads are expected to stay crowded this weekend because gas is more than one dollar cheaper than one year ago.

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