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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
You can expect south Georgia roads to get more crowded over the next few days as Labor Day travelers get behind the wheel.
Transportation officials are trying to make the weekend safer for all drivers.
It is typically a weekend where there are many car crashes.
Expect to see fewer delays because the Department of Transportation will suspend work and open up highways lanes for the weekend.
They want travelers to get to their destinations without putting themselves or others in danger.
Traffic on I-75 was manageable in Tifton Thursday afternoon, but drivers who will spend many miles on the interstate should expect it to take a little longer to make it to their destination.
"It's usually pretty bad," said student Ronnie Few. "It usually takes me thirty minutes to an hour to get home during Labor Day.I have had a lot of close calls. I have had a lot of situations where I have had to slam on brakes really fast."
Labor Day weekend usually prompts lots of traffic, but gas prices might keep some drivers from making any extra trips.
"All I am going to do is fill my truck up an go home," said student Jake Weaver. "Once I get to the house, I'll park the truck for the weekend. When Monday rolls around I'll have to put gas back in it to drive back down here. So, I'm not really going anywhere but home."
And you won't see many of the yellow trucks like this on Georgia roadways.
During Labor Day weekend, you'll have Department of Transportation crews stopping their road work. But, you'll also have cops out trying to catch dangerous drivers."
Drivers are still making plans to travel around the state. One student we spoke with is going to Covington in North Georgia.
"I'm going to a friend's house," said Few. "We are going to have a get-together there and then head home after that. We don't have class Friday, so it is going to be a four day weekend."
You should be fine as long as you pay attention, take precaution, and focus on the road. But, you also have to pay attention to other drivers.
"There are some pretty crazy people on the roads that try to weave in and out of traffic that make it more dangerous for others," Weaver said.
On average, 15 people die in Georgia roads during the Labor Day holiday.
I was already seeing many motor homes on the road on I-75. Traffic was not bad today except for a few packs. But, it is important to remember that other roads can be dangerous too.
The Governor's office of Highway Safety still has its summer campaign to crack down on aggressive drivers. That campaign ends next week.