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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Labor Day travel period ends Monday at midnight.

This year has been less deadly. Still, 12 people have died on Georgia's roadways since Friday.

Part of the problem for the Georgia State Patrol is visibility. A shortage of troopers makes patrolling hard.

Troopers focused on drivers doing the big three: speeding, driving drunk or using their phones.

Just this weekend, the Nighthawks DUI task force caught 20 drunk drivers. The big problem for them is that they're severely undermanned.

Statewide, the Georgia State Patrol is 200 troopers short. Just in post 42 - which covers Effingham, Chatham and Bryan - they're only 50 percent manned. They only have eight troopers.

These deficiencies do make it tough for a proactive approach to patrolling. GSP said they’re not going to let these numbers keep them from doing their job.

"We've got a bunch of troopers that are go-getters. They want to get out and work. They want to keep the roads safe. They don't do this job for the money. They do it to keep their families and other families safe on the roadways,” said Cpl. Chris Niehus, with GSP.

Holiday or not, troopers encourage you to always slow down, put down your phone, and never drink and drive. They do hope to get their trooper numbers up but low pay and danger on the job make it a tough job to fill.

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