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Law enforcers are cracking down on impaired driving for Labor Day Weekend

Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is preparing to launch a campaign for the Labor Day weekend. Law enforcers will be cracking down on impaired drivers during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

With the end of Summer approaching, law enforcers are preparing for the busy Labor Day weekend. They'll be on the lookout for impaired drivers, speeding, and seatbelt violations. They're reminding people to drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

"We know that folks are going to be coming,” said Harris Blackwood. “We want them to slow down. If you're going to have a party, have it when you get to where you’re going." Don't do it on the road."

Last year there was more than 3,000 crashes in Georgia over the Labor Day weekend that resulted from drinking and driving, that's including 22 deaths.

"Drinking and driving is a combination that just doesn't work,” said Harris. “We've proven that over and over again."

Blackwood also encourages drivers to buckle up and put away all distractions.

"For goodness sakes, do the things that are so easy to do by buckling your seatbelts and put down thatcell phonee,” said Harris. “We've got enough distractions on the roads as it is without creating new ones by using asmart phonee.

Harris says there's also a problem with people using prescription drugs and driving

"The factor we're seeing now is drugged driving,” said Harris. “People who are all illegal or prescription drugs and get behind the wheel of a car and it's happening more and more. I believe in a few years drugged driving will be as big as a problem drunk driving."

Harris says simply driving sober and paying attention on the roads will lead to a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend.

This year's Labor Day travel period will start Friday August 29th until Monday September 1st.

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