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Holidays bring extra police presence

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  If you're driving in Lowndes County, you can expect checkpoints where officers will make sure you're abiding by the law.

Reckless Driving may get you pulled over tonight and if your blood alcohol level is over the legal limit... you'll ring in the New Year from jail.

 "Just be careful but be aware if you are not careful, if you're out there drinking and driving, we will locate you," said Valdosta Police Cmdr. Bernard Robinson. "We will find you and we will place you under arrest."

He says they have a more vigorous patrol this time of the year.  "We put out at least 10-15 more officers on the street. We conduct road blocks road checks.

The Mobile command unit will be used at checkpoints, too. Inside the vehicle is a cell and an intoxylizer that's used after field sobriety tests.

Often times minor traffic violations can lead to the arrest of impaired drivers. Law officers want drunk drivers off the roads to ensure their safety and the safety of all motorists traveling down these highways.

Officers will pay close attention. Lowndes County Staff Sergeant Danny Croft says, "We're checking for licensed drivers making sure vehicles are insured seat belt usage ensuring that no one has open containers in their vehicles."

Drivers are also advised to be mindful of speed zones. "We want everyone to know that they can still get out and celebrate the new year we want everybody to be responsible act responsibly if they're going to be out consuming alcohol," Croft said.

Law officers say usually when people know they're out in force... they're more prone to calling for a sober ride home.  The 102 hour New Year's holiday travel period ends at midnight Sunday.

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