Georgia Loses Nineteen People in Labor Day Crashes
GEORGIA - Labor Day weekend crashes killed nineteen people in Georgia this year. State police reported that over the 78 hour period, police were called to the scene of 331 collisions. Eleven of those wrecks resulted in fatalities, and the Georgia State Patrol reported thirteen fatalities from those crashes. Another 176 people suffered injuries in wrecks.
Local police departments reported six additional traffic deaths over the long weekend.
Police were busy writing thousands of citations as well. In total, the Georgia State Patrol issued 9,000 tickets, including 4,600 for speeding. More than 1,000 people were cited for failing to use their seatbelts, and 169 were not using child restraints. There were also 10,000 warnings issued over the period.
Drunk driving was another problem, and 309 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence.
Reports indicate that the number of deaths in the state increased this year as compared to 2019. In fact, the number of deaths nearly doubled in the state as there were ten deaths last year. The number of DUIs also increased by 27 percent.
The National Safety Council (NSC) writes that Labor Day typically sees an uptick in crashes and that there is a higher percentage of drunk driving-related wrecks. Nationally 29 percent of crash-related deaths are the result of alcohol-impaired driving. That number jumps to 38 percent over Labor Day. Part of the issue is that more people are on the road traveling over the weekend. Of course, celebrations involving alcohol are another major cause of these accidents. While the NSC typically offers predictions for crashes over the long weekend, this year, the organization stated that they could not accurately predict travel because of the impact of the pandemic.
The NSC points out that seatbelts should be used at all times as the council estimated 154 people’s lives would be saved over Labor Day this year alone had more people buckled up.
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