Georgia State Patrol preparing for Memorial Day weekend

Georgia State Patrol preparing for Memorial Day weekend
Georgia State Patrol is preparing for Memorial Day Weekend. (Source: WALB)
Roads will be busier than usual, with the holiday weekend bringing in the more traffic. (Source: WALB)
Roads will be busier than usual, with the holiday weekend bringing in the more traffic. (Source: WALB)
Sergeant First Class Jason Ellis (Source: WALB)
Sergeant First Class Jason Ellis (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With summer fast approaching, South Georgia roads are expected to be very crowded with travelers.

The Georgia State Patrol said it believes Memorial Day weekend traffic will be especially busy. So, troopers are getting ready now.

"Memorial weekend? I might go to the lake," said Shermond Wright, a Leesburg resident.

Wright probably won't be the only one traveling out to the lake or anywhere else for this upcoming holiday weekend.

Troopers are starting to increase their patrols now in preparation.

"This weekend, troopers will be focusing on the traffic that's present on the roadways," said Sergeant First Class Jason Ellis, with the Georgia State Patrol.

GSP is already getting ready to have more patrols out to stop drivers who aren't following the rules of the road.

"We will be monitoring that and focusing particularly on seat belt usage, speeding and impaired driving," said Ellis.

Roads will be busier than usual, with the holiday weekend bringing in the more traffic.

GSP said this can become especially dangerous when combined with holiday celebrations.

"If you plan to drink this weekend, or any other weekend, please just don't drive. Please have a designated driver," Ellis said.

The extra traffic and patrols are keeping at least one family home Memorial weekend.

"We were actually planning on going to Memphis Memorial Day Weekend, but we changed our minds because of the price of gas and just because of the number of people who are going to be out," said Keith Graham, an Albany resident.

However, for some, increased patrols on holiday weekends isn't the only reason to stay safe on the roads.

"When I'm traveling, I'm traveling with family and that's all I've got, so we wear the seat belts. We try to stay pretty close to the speed limits," said Graham.

This isn't anything new for GSP.

"We focus on it all the time, but we surely do on the weekends," Ellis said.

The increased patrol will start May 27 at 6:00 p.m. and will end at midnight on Memorial Day.

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