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State agencies prepare for busy Independence Day

POSTED: July 3, 2014 6:48 p.m.
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In Barrow County more than 10,000 people are expecting to come out to Auburn’s Independence Day Celebration Friday. The event that will include games, demonstrations and food will be capped off with a fireworks display.

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Various agencies in Georgia are preparing for what is expected to be a busy Independence Day weekend.

Law enforcement will be out in force over the holiday weekend looking for impaired drivers and other traffic violations. They are asking people to be safe on roadways as AAA Travel estimates a 1.9 percent increase in holiday travel this year with 41 million Americans expected to take a long distance trip.

Among those conducting roadchecks will Georgia State troopers who will be working with local agencies. Last year’s 4th of July weekend saw Georgia State Patrol investigate 1,150 traffic crashes that resulted in 564 injuries and five fatalities. Additionally, troopers issued 9,849 citations and made 359 DUI arrests, according to a news release.

"Obey the posted speed limit, check that everyone is wearing a seat belt, and avoid distractions inside your vehicle," said Col. Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. "Careful planning is the key to a safe holiday weekend. Keep safety a priority."

One way to combat impaired driving is the continuation of AAA and Bud Light’s Tow to Go Program that provides a safe ride within a 10-mile radius.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Transportation is looking to help ease traffic congestion by restricting lane closers on interstates and major highways from noon Thursday until Monday morning.



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