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Georgia State Troopers cracking down on Impaired driving this Holiday Weekend

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State troopers in both Georgia and Alabama are cracking down on impaired driving for the holiday weekend. 6 fatal crashes have already been reported in Georgia this weekend. The Georgia state troopers say Labor Day is a busy driving weekend so more troopers will be working each shift.

With college football kicking off and the last vacation weekend of the summer in store, Labor Day can be a busy time on the roads. But it's not always the most sober time. The Georgia state patrol is out in full force to remind drivers to stay out of their cars if they are impaired.

"Driving of course is ultimately a privilege not a right, so with those privileges come responsibility and a large part of those responsibilities is just to make sure not only you're safe but the people around you are safe," said Don Stewart with the Georgia State Patrol.

State troopers look for a number of behaviors for impaired drivers including following to closely, failure to maintain lane, and failure to yield. Stewart said even if drivers are not impaired they need to always be cautious.

"Just be aware of your environment. The best drivers are always the drivers thinking what if? What if a child drops a ball and it rolls out in front of me are they going to chase after it," said Stewart.

Officers in Alabama will be traveling hot spots where accidents have happened in the past. Impaired driving campaigns in both states end early next week.

Stewart wants drivers to enjoy the weekend but put their safety first.

"Just be careful, be mindful. Don't take chances. It only takes a moment to wipe away the rest of your life so it's just not worth it. I encourage people to be safe and be aware of what's going on around them," said Stewart.

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