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Don't drive if you've partied too hard for St. Patty's

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A warning comes from police officers on what's expected to be a pretty big party weekend.  If you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with alcohol, they don't want you to drive.  And they encourage you to let them know if you see dangerous drivers.     

If you see an impaired or distracted driver on the road, you call dial "*GSP " on your cell phone. That will connect you to a nearby State Patrol post and will help keep Georgia roads safe.   The Georgia State Patrol will be out in full force this St. Patrick's Day weekend.    

Law enforcers expect a lot of people on the highways will be headed to Savannah.   "The majority of the crowd and the traffic travels to Savannah to celebrate the holiday there because it's one of the second biggest parades and events in the nation that they have," said Trooper Darrel Benton.

But even so, they will have plenty of officers here patrolling Albany and Dougherty County looking for drunk or impaired drivers.   The Georgia State Patrol reminds people to be careful.    

"We do have increased enforcement, everyone will be out," Benton said. "We work the highways in a aggressive manner. We are looking for impaired drivers as well as drivers who are reckless and careless out on the roads and could cause an accident."    

The public can also help out.   As St. Patrick Day approaches, the state patrol wants to remind you to be safe while out on the roads and dial *GSP if you see a drunk or impaired driver.    *477 is a free call on you cell phone and it will connect you to the closet patrol post in that area.  

If you are traveling out of town this weekend the GSP asks that you don't speed and leave in plenty of time to reach your destination. Law enforcers started the program seven years ago to help better connect the public with the Georgia State Patrol.

 

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