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GSP to crackdown on drunk drivers over St. Patrick's Day weekend

Georgia State Patrol troopers is gearing up for St. Patrick's Day. (Source: WALB) Georgia State Patrol troopers is gearing up for St. Patrick's Day. (Source: WALB)
GSP Post 40 Commander John Vanlandingham (Source: WALB) GSP Post 40 Commander John Vanlandingham (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County DUI School owner Debra Storm (Source: WALB) Dougherty County DUI School owner Debra Storm (Source: WALB)
GSP troopers said once you have a DUI, your license can be suspended up to one year. (Source: WALB) GSP troopers said once you have a DUI, your license can be suspended up to one year. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia State Patrol troopers is gearing up for St. Patrick's Day.

Sadly, the holiday has become one of the nation's deadliest. 

Thirty people were killed nationwide in drunk-driving crashes over the holiday weekend in 2015, and GSP troopers said they want to prevent many of those deaths on Friday by getting impaired drivers off the roads.

Drive sober or get pulled over!

If you don't heed to the message, you could get arrested at DUI checkpoints this weekend. 

"Our main goal is to save lives and in saving lives we have to get out here aggressively and pursue the drunks," remarked GSP Post 40 Commander John Vanlandingham.

Vanlandingham also said he expects a higher number of DUI arrests, and more serious wrecks since the holiday falls during the same week as most college Spring Breaks. 

And to prevent fatal crashes this year, they're reminding folks to use the Drive Sober Georgia app to find designated drivers. 

"We're hoping that people will realize, hey I might be under the influence, I don't think I'm safe to drive," said Vanlandingham.

If you don't use the app, you could end up at Dougherty County DUI School. 

Owner Debra Storm said lately, she's held more DUI risk reduction classes. 

"It's very emotional, there's a lot of regret," said Storm. 

And a life-long regret for drivers who've been involved in fatal crashes

Storm explained about 20 people were already required to take the class this year. 

"If it hadn't been for the class, he wouldn't have been getting married," said Storm. 

But for those who don't take it seriously, there could be grave consequences.

GSP troopers said once you have a DUI, your license can be suspended up to one year.

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