Nine Fatalities Occur in Georgia During the Labor Day Weekend
GEORGIA – According to an online news report at patch.com, nine people perished in accidents during the Labor Day holiday period in Georgia, per the Georgia Department of Public Safety.*
The Labor Day holiday period this year lasted for 78-hours, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 30 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2.
Across the state, troopers from the Georgia State Patrol conducted an investigation of 523 traffic accidents resulting in 288 injuries and nine deaths, eight of which were investigated by the police. Additionally, 244 individuals were arrested for driving while impaired, while 5,897 tickets and 7,320 warnings were issued. Over 600 citations were issued pursuant to the Hands-Free Georgia law.
Per the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, one traffic death occurred during the Labor Day weekend. There were also fatalities reported in Cartersville, Gainesville, Dalton, Swainsboro, Manchester, Valdosta and Albany.
Last year, police investigated 490 accidents that resulted in 296 injuries. Eight of these accidents were fatal, which resulted in the death of eight individuals. Moreover, troopers and motor carrier officers issued 9,008 traffic tickets, 12,180 warnings, and arrested 332 individuals for driving while impaired.
In light of the above, there are some travel tips to keep in mind. These are as follows:
- Do not speed. When you speed, you dramatically reduce the amount of time necessary to avoid an accident.
- Do not drink and drive. Call a rideshare service, a taxi, or have a friend or family member drive you so that you get home safely.
- Wear your seat belt. Ensure that everyone in a vehicle is wearing their seat belt and that children are properly restrained. According to Georgia law, children that are under eight years old must be in a designated car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their weight, age and height.
- Do not drive while distracted. Do no use your cellphone when behind the wheel The Hands-Free Georgia Act prohibits motorists from using hand-held cellular devices when behind the wheel.
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