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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With a spring-like weekend ahead, more people will be outside and on the roads. Whether it's a beach trip or a cookout, alcohol is often present.

Police want to make drivers get to their destination and back safely. They've had success lately reducing crashes in Dougherty County.

One after another, cars packed the bypass early Friday evening. Many drivers were headed out of town, including Junior Green who's going to Coco Beach for the weekend.

"This weather has me feeling like fishing," said Green.

Dougherty County Police Lt. Thomas Jackson says his H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) units will be out on the roads making sure drivers are abiding by the law and not putting other lives in danger.

"Anytime the weather is nice, we have a rise in traffic on the road with people trying to get out which means we also see a rise in traffic violations," said Lt. Jackson.

By enforcing seat belt use, and citing reckless drivers in Dougherty County, vehicle fatalities, injuries, and wrecks have dropped. The county saw four fatalities in 2010, down from seven in 2005 when H.E.A.T units first hit the streets.

Lt. Jackson says someone dies in a car crash in the U.S. roughly every 12 minutes.

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