Heightened patrol for July 4th

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COLUMBUS Ga. – 43-million Americans will be traveling for the fourth of July and law enforcement say there will be an increased police presence during the holiday weekend.

Tony McDonald has big plans for the upcoming holiday weekend.

“Right now it’s not too bad, but tomorrow it’s probably going to be a lot more tremendous. We’re going to try to take off tonight and see if we can get down there early in the morning,” said McDonald.

Not only is he excited to get time off from work, he’s happy that he’ll be able to keep money in his pockets.

“The lower gas prices defiantly get a lot of people out…It’s got us out,” said McDonald.

Sheriff John Darr, from the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, says there will be increased law enforcement on the streets as well.

“The law enforcement vehicles that are out there will be observing a little bit harder. The driving habits of people out there because we’re on a holiday weekend and people have a tendency on holiday weekends… to drink a little more than they normally do,” said Darr.

Darr urges everyone who chooses to drink to drink responsibly.

Darr said,”Don’t drink and drive. I mean you can’t say that enough. Some people think that’s a cliché saying, but it’s not. Do not drink and drive.”

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