The Georgia State Patrol is urging drivers to use caution as they travel across the state for the Labor Day holiday weekend. “Traffic will be heavy as vacation travelers add to the normal weekend traffic flow, as many people take to the roadways for a final summer trip of the year,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
The 78-hour Labor Day travel period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day. Last year during a similar travel period, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 496 traffic crashes that resulted in 274 injuries and 10 traffic fatalities. In addition to traffic crash investigations, troopers arrested 320 people for driving under the influence while issuing 8,255 citations and 10,901 warnings.
“State troopers will be on full patrols, actively looking for unsafe drivers in an effort to keep the number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities as low as possible,” said Colonel McDonough. “As you gather this weekend with family and friends to celebrate the unofficial end of summer, make safety a top priority,” he added.
The following are tips to keep in mind as you travel:
- Do not drink and drive.
- Wear your seat belt.
- Obey the speed limit.
- Avoid distracted driving.
- Be courteous to other drivers.
- Properly install child safety seats.
- Do not leave children and pets in hot cars.
This Labor Day weekend, the Georgia State Patrol will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. This is a nationwide traffic safety initiative among state highway patrols and state police agencies where troopers and officers across the United States and Canada work together during holiday periods to reduce the number of traffic deaths through high visibility patrols and education.