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Most July Fourth travelers are getting to their destinations by car, and the Georgia State Patrol is ready for them.

Troopers will execute concentrated patrols and road checks throughout the state through Sunday, GSP officials said in a news release. According to AAA, more people will be traveling this year than last, up to 41.9 million nationwide from 41.6 million

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough says troopers will be cracking down on speeding and seat belt violations.

Officials say more than 7,400 citations were issued during the last July 4 holiday period. Georgia State Patrol investigated 414 crashes that resulted in 250 injuries. Officials say troopers also investigated five traffic fatalities during last year’s July Fourth holiday travel period.

Though some 84.7 percent of travelers will be on the roads, 7.7 percent of travelers will be flying.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International officials say the airport will be host to a projected 327,170 passengers during the holiday weekend.

In a statement Wednesday, the airport says this represents a 14 percent increase over the same four-day period last year when 285,606 passengers flew out of Hartsfield-Jackson.

The airport says due to the spike in volume, domestic passengers are reminded to arrive at least two hours prior to scheduled departure. International passengers are told to arrive 2½ hours before departure.

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