State officials ramp up safety efforts for Memorial Day weekend

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Georgia officials want to remind residents to have a fun and stay safe this Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day is usually considered the kick off for the summer holiday but troopers and other law enforcement won't be taking a vacation.

They will be out in full force patrolling the state's roads and waterways.

Officials said the ramped up patrol isn't about writing tickets; it's about saving lives.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said there were more than 3,000 accidents and almost two dozen fatalities during last year's Memorial Day weekend.

Officials want to ensure that this year's numbers are lower.