Update: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Georgia State Patrol reported that traffic crashes across Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday travel period resulted in 8 deaths. The 78-hour holiday period began Fri., May 25, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday at 11:59 p.m.
“Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 474 traffic crashes that resulted in 268 injuries. Troopers also investigated 4 fatal crashes. The fatal crashes occurred in Fulton, Wayne, and Chatam counties. Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Cherokee Co. S/O, Cobb Co. PD, Columbus PD, and Thomaston PD,” GSP reported in a press release. In addition, GSP troopers arrested 300 people for driving under the influence.
Update 8 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2018
Georgia State Patrol report that by 6 a.m. on Memorial Day, six people had already lost their lives on Georgia road, equal to the number of people who lost their lives in the Memorial Day travel period in 2017.
Update 6 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018
Georgia State Patrol report that by 6 a.m. on Memorial Day, six people had already lost their lives on Georgia road, equal to the number of people who lost their lives in the Memorial Day travel period in 2017. Roads will be wet today as people who were out of town for the Memorial Day weekend return home. Continue to exercise due caution.
Update 8 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Georgia State Patrol announce that just 12 hours into the Memorial Day holiday weekend travel, two people have already lost their lives on Georgia roads, including a Savannah police officer in a wreck involving a tractor trailer. GSP trooper continue to ask that drivers exercise due caution. Roads will be wet over much of the weekend.
ATLANTA—The Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Troopers will be on full patrols, concentrating on impaired drivers and seat belt violations. The travel period is 78 hours long, and officially begins on Fri., May 25, at 6 p.m., and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day, Mon., May 28.
In 2017, during a similar 78-hour travel period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 452 traffic crashes over the Memorial Day weekend. The crashes resulted in 274 injuries and six people losing their lives. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, troopers arrested 255 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 9,433 citations and 11,862 warnings.
“Travel with caution and put safety first this weekend,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Traffic will be heavier than usual as graduation ceremonies, special holiday events, and vacation travelers will add to the regular weekend traffic patterns. Also, be prepared should rain make driving conditions hazardous.”
Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up and that children are properly restrained. Don’t text and drive, obey the posted speed limit, and do not drive impaired. If you know that you will be consuming alcoholic beverages, plan ahead to have a designated driver. “These are some of the best steps we all can take to prevent serious injury and fatal crashes,” McDonough said.
During the Memorial Day travel period, the Georgia State Patrol will again be participating in the national mobilization of the ‘Click It, or Ticket’ program. State troopers will be working alongside sheriffs’ deputies and police officers to enforce Georgia’s seat belt laws and to educate the public on the importance of wearing seat belts while traveling in motor vehicles. This program is coordinated in Georgia by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The holiday traffic fatality count will be updated throughout the travel period on the Department of Public Safety’s Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/ga_dps.