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GSP gives out citations and warnings during holiday period

It's been almost two weeks since the hands-free driving law took affect earlier this month. Photo: Kailey McCarthy

It's been almost two weeks since the hands-free driving law took affect earlier this month.

During the Fourth of July holiday period last week, troopers were out in full force looking for distracted drivers.

According to GSP Post 40 Sgt. First Class Jason Ellis, the Albany post only worked one crash during the two day holiday period.

Ellis adds the post issued a total of 148 citations and three DUI arrests.

During the two day period, the post also issued a total of four citations and 39 warnings for drivers violating the new hands-free law.

"We like to have success when we're out in force and every day here out on the road. We're here to help the public. Sometimes that's best done through enforcement activity, sometimes that's achieved through a good warning," said Ellis.

Next week, Georgia State Patrol will be joining forces with Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina for a speed force operation.

During "Operation Southern Shield" Georgia State Patrol will be pulling over drivers who are traveling above the legal speed limit on local roads and major highways.

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