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May 25, 2007

Valdosta --  Drivers will face additional challenges on this Memorial Day weekend travel period this year.  Wildfire smoke blankets part of Interstate 75 and will make a traditionally deadly holiday even more dangerous.

Smoke from the South Georgia and North Florida wildfires are creating a new danger for drivers on this deadly weekend, lowering visibility on Interstate 75 and other major roadways.

And making a long drive seem longer.
"I have asthma so I'm not getting out in it much.  My sister can't even get our of the car because her breathing is so bad," said Barbara Warmack.

But not all drivers can escape the smoke, and like Jim Brunsek, are anxious for clean air and a good view. "I'm a little concerned about it, what I'm breathing in but other than that, it's certainly reduced visibility a fair piece."

Although the smoke may be an annoyance, he's still up for the ride. "I gotta go.  The only way I'm going to get through is to get through."

And with 18 fatalities predicted,  all drivers will be under the watchful eyes of the law.

"So from now until labor day you'll see a lot more patrol cars on the road and they'll be enforcing the speed limit, the drinking and driving law and the seat belt laws," said Sgt Earl Durrance of the Valdosta Police Department.

Working to keep driver's in Georgia safe from dangers on the road and in the smoke.

Police say the best way to stay safe while driving in the smoke is to turn on your headlights, drive the speed limit, watch the drivers around you, and always wear a seat belt. 

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