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Troopers prepare for busy holiday weekend

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POSTED: September 15, 2007 5:05 a.m.
Georgia state troopers and officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance and Capitol Police divisions are preparing for a busy 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period. Heavy traffic is expected throughout the weekend across the state as holiday vacation travel combines with holiday festivals and the start of the high school and college football seasons.
The Labor Day holiday travel period is 78 hours long and begins at 6 p.m., Friday and ends at midnight, Labor Day.
The Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Crash Reporting Unit estimate 1,897 wrecks, 995 injuries and 18 traffic deaths on Georgia roads during the holiday period. Last year, there were 2,063 crashes, 1,018 injuries and 22 deaths reported during a similar 78-hour period.
Law enforcement will be out in full force during the heaviest travel times of the period in an effort to reduce the number of traffic crashes across the state.
Hitchens reminds motorists who will be on the roads during the holiday period to plan their trips carefully by allowing ample time to reach their destination, plan for rest stops along the way, obey the posted speed limit, don’t drive if you have consumed alcohol, and make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained.
The highest number of traffic deaths recorded over the Labor Day holiday period was in 1968 when 35 traffic deaths occurred and the lowest was in 1939 and 1995 with seven fatalities.
 

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