2007 Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Recap

May 29, 2007
(ATLANTA)--Traffic crashes over the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend claimed the lives of seven people across the state, 11 fewer than traffic estimates and three fewer than the previous record-low of 10 in 1979.  According to the Georgia State Patrol, the holiday traffic count ended at midnight with 2,499 traffic crashes reported which resulted in 773 injuries and seven fatalities.
The holiday period began Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Memorial Day.  Traffic estimates from the Georgia State Patrol and the Crash Reporting Unit of the Georgia Department of Transportation were for 2,235 crashes, 989 injuries and 18 deaths.  Traffic deaths were reported from the Barrow County Sheriff's Department, the Henry County Police Department, the Douglasville Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol posts in Cartersville, Helena, Donalsonville, and Waycross.
High visibility enforcement of Georgia's seat belt and child restraint law by law enforcement officers across the state combined with heavy safety education efforts and good weather are being noted as having contributed to the lower than predicted number of traffic deaths and injuries.  Georgia State Troopers noted that although the number of traffic crashes was higher than expected and the traffic volume was as heavy as anticipated, more people escaped serious injury or death thanks to seat belt use. 
The 2007 Memorial Day weekend holiday traffic count is preliminary and could change once all traffic crash reports are submitted to the DOT Crash Reporting Unit for a final count.  Should the number of traffic deaths remain below 10, the 2007 holiday period would set a new record low for Memorial Day weekend traffic deaths in Georgia.  Just two years ago, Georgia set a record high for the Memorial Day weekend when 32 people were killed in traffic crashes.  The first Memorial Day holiday weekend was in 1969. 
The next holiday period is the Fourth of July period which is a 30-hour period beginning Tuesday, July 3 at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight, July Fourth.
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