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Be on your guard on the highways

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period is upon us.

Travel experts say more Georgians will be traveling by car this year, so the Georgia State Patrol is urging people to use caution while on the roads this holiday weekend.

They also are warning you not to drive impaired, because Georgia law enforcement says this is the second mostly dangerous holiday for drunk drivers on the road, second only to New Year's. 

"Slow down. Pay attention. Get off the phone. We will be out in force," said Georgia State Trooper Scott McClure. "We will have full manpower out this week along with all the other agencies, we are combining up with. We will be in locations where you least expect us to be. Checking for seat belts, insurance, and of course impaired drivers."

During the 2009 Labor Day holiday period, there were 1,917 traffic crashes reported that resulted in 867 injuries and 15 traffic deaths in Georgia.


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