Georgia State Patrol Gears Up for Holiday Traffic
GEORGIA – August 31, 2018 (patch.com) Labor Day is a busy time for people across Georgia. It’s an even busier time for Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol, who are gearing up for the increased traffic the holiday usually brings. The story is online at patch.com.*
Georgia State Patrol Troopers will be out on the roads in high numbers this weekend, looking for people violating state laws. “Troopers will be on special Labor Day patrols for 78 hours straight,” said Col. Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “They will be keeping an eye out for speeders, drivers who text, and those posing a dangerous risk to other motorists on the road.”
The special Labor Day patrol McDonough references will take place from 6 p.m. Friday, August 31, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 3. During last year’s extended Labor Day patrol hours, Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol investigated 448 crashes involving injuries to 283 people. Four people died in those crashes. In addition, Troopers issued 8,412 citations and 11,562 warnings and made 249 arrests for driving under the influence during Labor Day weekend 2017.
To make things a little easier on drivers, however, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates for the Labor Day holiday. The suspension, which will be in effect from noon Friday, August 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, will hopefully allow holiday travelers to more easily use the state’s interstate systems.
“We understand a lot of people are hitting the road for the Labor Day holiday, and we would like to make it a little easier for them to go through northwest Georgia,” said Grant Waldrop, DOT assistant district engineer in the Cartersville, Georgia, office. “We usually see an increase in roadway fatalities during heavy travel holidays. We cannot overemphasize the need to slow down, drive alert, and take every precaution to protect yourself and your passengers.”
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