Busy Labor Day Weekend Ahead for GSP

August 28, 2008

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(ATLANTA) – The Georgia State Patrol and the Crash Reporting Unit of the Georgia Department of Transportation announced today the traffic estimates for the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period.  The holiday period is 78 hours long and begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Labor Day.

   Traffic estimates are for 1,898 traffic crashes across the state resulting in 901 injuries and 16 traffic fatalities.  Last year during a similar 78-hour period, Georgia recorded 12 traffic deaths, 2,150 traffic crashes and 1,048 injuries.

   Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said traffic over the Labor Day weekend is expected to be the heaviest of the three summer holiday periods this year.  “This is the first weekend for regular season high school and college football games as well as special holiday events planned across the state that will all increase motor vehicle travel,” he noted.  “We also expect more cars on the road considering the price of gasoline which has fallen in recent weeks.”   Labor Day is traditionally the end of the summer travel season. 

   The Georgia State Patrol reminds drivers to make traffic safety a priority over the holiday period by planning your trips well.  “Plan for rest breaks along the way,” Colonel Hitchens noted, “and make sure everyone is buckled up on every trip.”  State troopers caution motorists not to drive if they have consumed alcoholic beverages and plan ahead by using a designated driver.

   If you spot a suspected impaired driver, call Star G-S-P (*477) on your cell phone.  You will be connected to the nearest post of the Georgia State Patrol.  The call is free.

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