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GSP warns drivers to celebrate safely

Roads have been busy since Friday. (Source: WALB) Roads have been busy since Friday. (Source: WALB)
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Tamera Dawson said she's worried about other drivers on the road. (Source: WALB) Tamera Dawson said she's worried about other drivers on the road. (Source: WALB)
Cpl. Andrew McKenzie warns troopers will be cracking down on drunk drivers. (Source: WALB) Cpl. Andrew McKenzie warns troopers will be cracking down on drunk drivers. (Source: WALB)

Troopers want you to take extra caution when you get behind the wheel this Independence Day.

Many people had a weekend full of cookouts and parties but the Fourth of July is still the busiest day for celebrations. 

No matter the city or state, roads were packed past several days with travelers. 

"I've been working ever since Friday. I've stopped a numerous amounts of cars," said Georgia State Patrol Corporal Andrew McKenzie.

McKenzie operates out of Post 40 in Albany. 

He said the roads in Dougherty, Worth and Lee counties have been packed. 

"I stopped a lot of people for speeding, lot of distracted drivers and a few seat belts," said McKenzie.

Troopers from Post 40 made five DUI arrests over the weekend.

Corporal McKenzie said the biggest drinking day is yet to come. 

"We know a lot of people are going to be out celebrating the Fourth of July and what we'd like to ask them to do is get them a designated driver," said Corporal McKenzie.

McKenzie said find a driver before you start drinking.

If you are the driver, he said take extra caution on the road. 

"Make sure you pay attention to the roadways, pay attention to other vehicles so we can avoid the crashes," explained McKenzie.

Tamera Dawson said that's something she is worried about.

"Even though I trust my driving, I trust my boyfriends' driving, I always try to look out for other people because not everyone else drives safely," said Dawson.

She and her friends have spent the weekend traveling. They're headed to Florida for the holiday but said they won't be out late. 
 
"I'm probably going to get on the road early to avoid drunk drivers," said Dawson.

"Hopefully when people see us at least they will slow down and think about what they are doing," said McKenzie.

Georgia State Patrol troopers will be out in larger numbers through Wednesday. 

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