Georgia Highway Patrol Encouraging Memorial Day Travelers to Use Caution
ATLANTA, GA. – May 23, 2018 (northwestgeorgianews.com) A report from northwestgeorgianews.com details the plight of the Georgia State Patrol, as they prepare for a likely increase in vehicle accidents during the upcoming holiday weekend.*
As people begin setting out for Memorial Day festivities, the Georgia State Patrol is gearing up for an increase in tickets and accidents. Troopers will be out in higher numbers, looking for speeders, impaired drivers, and people not wearing seatbelts. State Patrol considers the holiday travel period to be 78 hours long, spanning from 6 p.m. on May 25 to just before midnight on Memorial Day, May 28.
Last year during Memorial Day weekend, Georgia Troopers responded to 452 vehicle accidents. These accidents resulted in 274 injuries and six deaths. Troopers also arrested 255 people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the holiday traveling period last year and issued almost 9,500 citations and more than 11,800 warnings.
Because of graduation ceremonies, holiday plans, and vacations, traffic in the state of Georgia is bound to be heavier during the long Memorial Day weekend. The Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Public Safety are encouraging people to be careful on the roads and use their best judgment while driving. Especially if forecasted rain makes its way across the state, traffic could be extremely heavy, and drivers will need to pay close attention to the roads.
Georgia State Patrol Troopers will also be working with sheriff’s offices and police departments across the state during the holiday traveling period to implement the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Officers will be enforcing state seatbelts laws and providing safety education to people they stop for violating seatbelt laws.
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