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Staying safe on the roads this 4th of July holiday

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

AAA is projecting nearly 42 million Americans will travel for the Independence Day holiday, an increase from last year and the most since 2007. 

They're also estimating nearly 85 percent of those travelers are going to be hitting the roads.

However, this holiday can also be the deadliest in years. 

The National Safety Council predicts more than 400 Americans will be killed on the road this weekend, with another 49,500 injured. If the prediction is right, that would be the highest tally for a Fourth of July holiday since 2008.

Alabama officials tell us they have seen a drop in traffic fatalities in but they've seen an increase in crashes. Like most holidays, state troopers and police will be out in full force with extra patrols.

"Those troopers will be focusing on the violations that we have seen are leading to crashes with injuries and fatalities and those violations are number 1 speeding, number 2 DUI and 3 failure to use seat belt," Sergeant Steve Jarrett said.

Jarrett emphasizes not wearing a seat belt doesn't cause a crash but it's a significant determining factor if you live or die in a crash. 

Georgia State troopers say they're also planning to beef up patrols with road checks throughout the state between Thursday evening and Sunday.
They will cracking down on speeding and seat belt violations.

Officials say Georgia state troopers investigated five traffic fatalities during last year's July 4th holiday travel period.

AAA also says if you are planning to hit the road, be sure to get your car checked out, as the heat can take just as much toil on your car as the cold.

They also say they are expecting to respond to more than 360,000 roadside emergencies this weekend with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts.

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