The Georgia State Patrol is predicting that 22 people will die on Georgia roads during the Fourth of July holiday travel period, 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight Sunday.

Nearly 900 injuries in 1,874 crashes are expected. Last year, there were 1,860 traffic crashes reported with 910 people injured and 22 people killed. Of those fatalities, two were alcohol related, according to the GSP.

July 4 is on a Saturday this year.

"Anytime a holiday period falls on a weekend, there is an increased chance of encountering an alcohol impaired driver as you travel," said Colonel Bill Hitchens of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. "Minimize distractions in your vehicle and be alert should you be forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision."

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