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November 24, 2004

Lowndes County - Another speeder, another traffic stop, and another ticket handed out to a motorist in a hurry. "We've got a lot of traffic on the road and with high speeds, that's just a deadly combination," said Trooper Oscar Fernandez.

State troopers are swarming Georgia highways to make sure you're kept safe this holiday travel period. "Since we hit Georgia its been about four to five police cars every couple of miles," said Craig Wilburn.

They're predicting more than 3,000 accidents with 20 fatalities. "We'll have 75 percent of our troopers out throughout the holiday weekend," said Fernandez.

Troopers say they're on the lookout for four things. "Speeders, reckless drivers, road rage, and seat belt violations," said Fernandez.

One thing that could cause a big problem this holiday weekend is the weather. State troopers say that even if its flooding outside, most motorists won't slow down. "When people have somewhere to go, they want to get from point A to point B as quickly as they can and conditions really don't affect them," said Fernandez.

Most of the vehicles they've stopped today have been traveling about 20 miles over the speed limit. "High 80's and low 90's," said Fernandez.

So to ensure you make it to that holiday celebration safely and without a ticket, troopers advise you to leave early, buckle up, and most importantly, slow down.

Troopers will also have road blocks set up throughout the state to look for impaired drivers. The holiday weekend runs through midnight on Sunday.

posted at 4:15 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com