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August 31, 2007

Valdosta - The Labor Day holiday travel period begins at 6:00 PM Friday, and law enforcers are hitting the interstates to help keep drivers safe.

 The Georgia Department of Highway Safety is predicting nearly two thousand crashes resulting in 18 traffic fatalities between Friday and midnight on Labor Day.

Patrol units are teaming up with officers from Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee to help keep driving deaths down throughout the region. 

"We'll have officers from municipal, county and state agencies teaming up to arrest impaired drivers, ticket speeders, and ticket people for not buckling up or not buckling up their children," says Sgt. Earl Durrance of the Valdosta Police Department.

During the same holiday period last year, there were 22 deaths and over two thousand accidents.

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