Troopers at Full Staff this Fourth of July

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -  Police officers aren't the only ones to be on the look out for when you're hitting the road this Fourth of July.

Troopers on both side of the river are also swarming the roadways.

Members of the Georgia State Patrol are on the lookout for speeders, impaired drivers and anyone not wearing a seatbelt along the interstate, county roads and state routes.

Troopers are urging travels to follow the rules of the road.

"Sometimes, you may run into someone whose impaired perhaps right beside you and it's important that you're aware of your surroundings just in case you may have to make some kind of evasive maneuver to avoid maybe contact with them. We're asking everyone to make safety their number one priority," said Trooper Scott Jeter.

The Georgia State Patrol and DPT predict there will be 22 fatalities and close to 1900 crashes this Fourth of July travel period.

At last check, there have already been two deaths on Georgia roads since the travel period started last night.