Fifteen die in Georgia traffic fatalities over Memorial Day Holiday travel period

Press release from Georgia Department of Public Safety

 ATLANTA – Troopers and local law enforcement investigated 13 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 15 deaths across Georgia during the Memorial Day holiday travel period. The 78-hour holiday period began Friday, May 22, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, May 25, at 11:59 p.m. In 2019, 13 people died on Georgia roads over the same period.

Statewide, Georgia State Troopers investigated 317 traffic crashes that resulted in 188 injuries.  Troopers also investigated nine fatal crashes which resulted in 11 traffic deaths.  Local agencies reporting traffic deaths during the holiday period were: Atlanta Police Department, Cobb Co. Police Department, Gwinnett Co. Police Department, and Monroe Co. Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to crash investigations, State Troopers arrested 317 people for driving under the influence.  Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers issued 9,536 citations and 9,714 warnings.

There was only one social distancing violation issued in the Metro Atlanta area.

2020 Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Count

6 p.m. Friday, May 22 – 11:59 p.m. Mon., May 25

78-Hour Holiday Period

Total Fatalities Reported in Georgia Deaths
Fatalities Investigated by GSP Troopers     11 (9 crashes investigated)
Fatalities Investigated by Local Agencies       4 (4 crashes investigated)
Total Fatalities Statewide for Holiday Period     15


GSP Troops Agencies Reporting Fatalities Total


Troop A GSP Paulding 2
Troop B GSP Toccoa 2
Troop C Atlanta PD; Cobb Co. PD; GSP Forest Park; Gwinnett Co. PD 4
Troop D GSP LaGrange; Monroe Co. SO; GSP Thomaston; GSP Villa Rica 4
Troop E 0
Troop F GSP Reidsville 1
Troop G 0
Troop H GSP Tifton 1
Troop I GSP Hinesville 1


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