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Labor Day Travel: Arrive Alive

Labor Day weekend is rapidly approaching and that means three things, DragonCon, College Football, and Traffic.

Georgia State Troopers are urging motorists to use extra caution as they drive during the Labor Day weekend. Labor Day is traditionally the end of the summer travel season, so traffic is usually heavy during the holiday period.

In 2018, there were 18 traffic fatalities in Georgia for Labor Day weekend, double the number of fatalities from 2017. Additionally, DUI arrests and crashes increased from 2017 to 2018 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Total crashes increased to 446 from 396 the prior year, while DUI arrests increased to 332 from 248 the prior year.

The Labor Day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday, August 30 and continues until midnight, Labor Day. During that time State Troopers, as well as officers from the Motor Carrier Compliance Division and Local Police and Sheriff’s Departments, 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. The additional officers will increase the visibility of law enforcement on the road.

The Georgia State Patrol 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. Please take the time to properly restrain children .

Drive safe, drive focused, and drive sober…no matter whether the trip is across the state or across town.

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