Patrols on roadways begins as holiday weekend gets underway

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Augusta, Ga (WRDW) - Drivers beware. Roadways this weekend are more dangerous than you may think.

Traffic from mile marker 183. (Photo by Lance Wayne Peebles Jr.)

"Our biggest three concerns will be speeding, following too closely and DUI's," says Lt. Lewis Blanchard with the Richmond County Sheriffs Office.

Last year, Georgia State Troopers investigated 387 highway crashes. 286 of those resulted in injuries. Seven of those were fatal.

"The biggest goal is to make sure that those that are abiding the law aren't affected by those that aren't," Blanchard said.

That's what Lt. Lewis Blanchard is trying to prevent. He's over traffic in Richmond County.

"We're going to be doing everything from teaming up with the Georgia State Patrol, to teaming up with the Governors office of highway safety and DNR," he said.

They're partnering with those agencies to keep our roadways safe and you alive. Last year Georgia law enforcement handed out more than 5,700 traffic citations, and more than 13,000 warnings.

"A lot of people go out and have a great time over the weekend, over the holiday and they want to go have something to drink, we certainly understand that, just make sure you're not drinking and driving," said Blanchard.

He says keep your eyes open and be prepared for anything.

"We'll have extra concentrated patrols and we'll also have safety checkpoints throughout Monday," he said.