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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Georgia State Patrol predicts an increase in July 4th weekend traffic fatalities this year.

The 78 hour holiday travel period begins at 6 Thursday night.

The state predicts 18 deaths, nearly one thousand injuries, and more than 2000 crashes by Sunday at midnight. Last year, there were 15 traffic deaths.

Triple-A expects an 11% increase in holiday traffic in Georgia, with 910,000 people traveling more than 50-miles from home. Troopers say you need to drive defensively.

Georgia State Patrol Corporal Scott McClure said  "You know not only just pay attention while you are out on the roadways, slow down. Get off the phone. Make sure your vehicle is running safe before you leave for a long trip."

Troopers and local law enforcement will be conducting road checks to stop impaired drivers, and enforce seat belt laws.

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