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Ga. troopers increasing holiday weekend patrols

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Augusta is a hot spot this weekend as holiday travelers pass by the Georgia—South Carolina border. For many, that means traffic and it also means more law enforcement on the road.

Georgia state troopers have increased patrols during the holiday weekend and will have a few checkpoints throughout the CSRA.

The Georgia Safety Patrol will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, seat belt violations and other traffic violations.

Last year, 8 people died on South Carolina roadways and 6 people died in Georgia, during the Memorial Day weekend, according to police. Police say most accident are because of distracted drivers.

"The one thing we see most is distracted drivers," said Senior Trooper John Freeman of the Georgia State Patrol. "Drivers doing everything but paying attention to what's in front of them; they have to have their attention on the road way and be courteous to other drivers," Freeman continued.

Freeman said most accidents happen on Sunday and Monday when people are driving back home.

If you are planning to drive during the holiday, here are a few tips:

  • Leave early
  • Wear a seat belt
  • Obey the speed limit and
  • If drinking, have a designated driver
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