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GSP warns of more impaired drivers this holiday weekend

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Georgia State troopers expect more impaired drivers on Georgia roads this fourth of July because the holiday falls on the weekend.

Troopers will patrol and set up road checks to get drunk drivers off the road.

State officials estimate there will be 18 traffic deaths and almost one thousand people injured in crashes on Georgia roads this holiday weekend.

Troopers say you need to be alert and ready to take evasive action if you encounter a drunk driver.

Georgia State Patrol Corporal Scott McClure said  "Just make sure you are safe while doing it. Get away. First thing you need to do then is report them in. Star GSP or 911. We'll get someone out there fast as possible. Get them off the roadway. But yes, you do need to stay away from them."

One of last year's 15 July 4th weekend traffic deaths in Georgia was alcohol related.  Eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

Troopers say you need to buckle up, slow down, and get off your phone while driving to stay safe this Independence Day weekend.

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