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Georgia State Patrol out in force for Labor Day weekend

Georgia State Patrol pulling over speeder. Georgia State Patrol pulling over speeder.
Signs tell drivers to drive carefully this holiday weekend Signs tell drivers to drive carefully this holiday weekend
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the Labor Day holiday weekend begins, AAA says nearly 35,000,000 Americans will be traveling.

But Georgia State Patrol wants to let drivers know that officials are not taking the weekend off.

Last year, 14 people died in traffic crashes in Georgia over the Labor Day weekend. And with more cars expected to be on the road this year, traveling could become more dangerous.

"We'll be out there the whole 78-hour period. We're going to be out there enforcing the law," said Cpl. Craig Singletary with Georgia State Patrol.

Officers say they will not just be looking for impaired drivers and speeders. They will be watching for any sort of distraction that could put drivers at risk.

"There's so many distractions inside of a vehicle, whether it's your telephone, CD players, or even DVD players," said Singletary.

Some people said reckless drivers on holiday weekends cause them to avoid traveling all together.

"I'd rather just stay at home!" said Darlene Jackson.

Officials say they just want drivers to arrive safely.

"A lot can happen in a very short period of time," said Singletary. Put your cell phones down, put your seatbelts on, make sure your kids are strapped in properly. Do not drink and drive."

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