VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
With roads expected to be extra busy through the weekend because of the holiday, Georgia State Patrol is stepping up their patrols and reminding drivers to be safe.
Troopers are going to be out all weekend at some of the busier spots along the interstates keeping an extra sharp eye out for speeders and aggressive drivers.
"We do try to maximize our enforcement effort on the highways, personnel and visibility wise," sad Valdosta GSP post commander, Sergeant First Class Carl Taylor.
Taylor added that the best thing to do during a busy travel holiday period is to allow extra time to get where you're going."Personally, I always try to stress to people whatever length of time it customarily takes you to make a trip, add some time to it so you don't have this stress environment into it," Taylor said.
Taylor also reminds drivers that, because of the hot temperatures this time of year, it's important to have your car checked before hitting the road.
"The temperature this time of year, as well as other factors, we try to stress to persons each year to make sure the vehicle has been serviced and checked for safety reasons," Taylor emphasized.
The holiday traffic counting period started at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs until midnight Sunday.